01/25/2013 02:31 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Linda Alvarado In 'MAKERS': Latina Entrepreneur Among The Women Who Help Make America (VIDEO)

For a long time the name of Mexican-American entrepreneur Linda Alvarado reminded Latinas that there is hope for growth and success in the United States. And now her empowering story portrayed in PBS and AOL’s new “Makers: Women Who Make America” documentary, will also serve as an inspiration for other women across the country.

Growing up in a Mexican-American family in New Mexico, Alvarado was the only daughter of six siblings. Inspired by her parent’s tough work ethic, she graduated from college and soon started her own construction enterprise.

Nowadays, she is the owner of Alvarado Construction Inc., one of the fastest growing general contractors in the country, specialized on building commercial, government and housing projects throughout the United States.

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In “Makers: Women Who Make America,” Alvarado has the opportunity to share her experience overcoming racial and genre stereotypes, along with a dynamic collection of other female pioneers that over time have helped shaped and altered American culture.

Narrated by actress Meryl Streep, the film will also include movement leaders, celebrities and political figures, such as author and feminist activist Gloria Steinem, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, media leaders Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The project, which will premiere on PBS Feb. 26, 2013 at 8pm (ET), aims to tell those intimate stories -- of both famous and unknown individuals -- who have fought for a fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy for women.

“What women are looking for is not the guarantee that they will succeed, but at least the opportunity to try,” says Alvarez in the documentary.




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