No one tells you how to survive in institutions that weren't created for you. No one tells you how to navigate through buildings that are named after men that would have spat in your face when they were administrators. Your choices are limited: assimilate, drop out or fight like hell.
What is the litmus test for good Latina mom anyway? Do we get a better grade based on how much we cook for our family on any given week? How clean our house is? How well our kids speak Spanish? How neat and clean we can keep a home?
Even with Lemonade's cameos of of Afro-Cubana sisters Ibeyi -- which I took to symbolize the interconnectedness of Afro-Latinidad within the diaspora -- it still wasn't about us. It's okay that it isn't about us.
Entrepreneurial communities are especially important for Latinas. They create a special place where Latinas can connect with other Latina entrepreneurs, share entrepreneurial stories and strategies, and meet potential advisors, mentors and investors.
An hour on Latinas who run things.
We hear advice from perhaps the most powerful Latina in the United States -- Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Author Esmeralda Santiago recounts experiencing a stroke and fearing she will never be able to read or write again.
The status quo is finally being challenged thanks to the voices of courageous women leaders who continue to build those bridges for the many of us coming right behind and who are devoted to unifying and empowering Latinas throughout this nation. Here are 18 such women.
Population control laws like CalWorks adopt an underlying premise that poor women and women of color cannot be trusted to fully control their own reproductive health choices, and that government-sanctioned coercion is an acceptable policy framework.