In a time where our country faces turmoil and division, teaching to our children identity and respect for our differences are not only important but imperative. The responsibility that I feel to raise girls who know who they are and what to stand for is a humbling and yet empowering experience.
Since today is Women’s Day, I’d like to highlight 5 children’s books that feature Latina women who had shown strength and courage in their lives. I love that these books talk about inspiring women from my culture that kids like mine can feel represented in their stories, and even successes.
5 Children’s Books About Latina Women
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Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history. Despite the struggles of poverty and prejudice, she became the person she wanted to be. Her determination to get an education and hard work took her to our country’s highest court. She said: “In every position that I’ve been in, there have been naysayers who don’t believe i’m qualified or who don’t believe I can do the work. And I feel a special responsibility to prove them wrong”
Dolores Huerta is an activist who stood up for the the rights of farm workers. She fought for them to get better paid and enjoy a safe work environment. Dolores Huerta is a great example of bravery and her story is relevant more than ever!
Ellen Ochoa is the first Latina to enter space, As a successful astronaut, she visits schools where encourages children to follow their dreams. She said: “Education is what allows you to stand out”
Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945. She dedicated most of her life to teaching children. She was also a women’s rights advocate.
Celia Cruz’s music was well-known in all Latin-America for being vibrant, happy and kind of magic, because everyone agreed that her songs make you want to dance. Celia even said: “when people hear me sing, I want them to be happy, happy, happy. I don’t want them thinking about when there’s not any money, or when there’s fighting at home. My message is always felicidad – happiness”