You can’t celebrate Women’s History Month without celebrating the advocacy and general badassery demonstrated by Latinas.

Latinas have been fighting for social, racial and reproductive right right in our very own backyard for decades — even centuries. It’s about hour we recognized their contributions to our society, and granted them the props they deserve.

So in honor of Women’s History Month, there is 10 Latinas( to appoint only a few) who’ve changed the modalities by which we all deem our forms, copulation, race and the world.

We invite you to shoutout any Latinas who you feel deserve acknowledgment this Women’s History Month and beyond in the comments division below.

Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights Activist
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DoloresHuerta startedadvocating in order for women rights following a brutal attack prolonged during a quiet and lawful demonstrate of the implementation of policies of then Vice President George H.W. Bush in 1988.For two years, the award-winning civil right activist and proletariat captain toured the country on behalf of the Feminist MajoritysFeminization of Power: 50/50 by the year 2000 Campaign. In 2002, Huerta founded the aptly named Dolores Huerta Foundation, an organization that offers members programs such as the Weaves Movements Together, an initiative designed devote to raising awareness of womens rights and homosexual rights, as well as immigrant rights and proletariat rights.
Sylvia Mndez, Civil Rights Activist
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Schools were still segregated in Santa Ana, California, when Sylvia Mendez and her family came to city in the 1940 s. When Mendez and her brothers were to gain access to an all-white elementary school, her mothers registered a litigation in federal tribunal in Los Angeles against the school district. On February 18, 1946, Judge Paul J. McCormick governed in favor of Mendez, becoming herone of the first Hispanics to attend an all-white institution. Mendezs case endedde juresegregation in California, specifying a instance forBrown vs. Board of Educationseven years later, which returned an discontinue to institution segregation in the entire country.
Vilma Socorro Martinez, Attorney
We can, in part, thank Vilma Socorro Martinez for affirmative action.Martinez helped as the lawyer for the petitioner in the case of Griggs v. Duke Power Company, a landmark occurrence that is likely ran before the U.S. Supreme Court, where it became the catalyst for the doctrine of affirmative action. The Griggs case brought to the courts attention that even if a company hired candidates solely based on the results of their training — and it could be proven that minorities had in the past faced obstacles to receiving such learn — then the training the resource requirements for the job were discriminatory. Partly for responding to the Griggs case, the federal government departments mandated a nationwide policy of affirmative action in 1972.
Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
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United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has sworn to protect and uphold the law for all United States citizens , not only Latinos. In her career so far, Sotomayor has rendered rules in cases involving everything from Miranda rights violations to the protection of freedom of speech. In July 2014, she voted against an injunction that would allow Wheaton College, a nonprofit liberal arts college in Illinois, some exception from followed with Affordable Care Actsmandate on contraception.
Antonia Novello, Former U.S. Surgeon General
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During her term as United StatesSurgeon General under then- President George H.W. Bush, AntoniaNovello wielded tirelessly to educate mothers about the benefits of early childhood immunizations, counsel for policies proscribing family planning curriculum workers who received federal coin from discussing abortion with their patients, and took R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to task for using caricatures such as Joe Camel to appeal to younger buyers. Joe Camelwas retiredin 1997 after a nine-year battle with various U.S. Surgeons General( including Novello ), the American Medical Association, Congress and many public interest groups.
Rosario Dawson and Maria Teresa Kumar, Co-founder and chairman of Voto Latino
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Co-founded by Rosario Dawson and was presided over by CEO and founding chairman Maria Teresa Kumar, Voto Latinowas launched with all millennials in imagination. Harmonizing to the non-partisan organizations website, Voto Latino was founded on the impression that Latino topics are American issues and American issues are Latino topics, and is dedicated to introducing new and diverse expressions to develop presidents by hiring youth, media, technology and luminaries to promote the positive developments.
Gloria Anzalda and Cherre Moraga, Chicana Feminists
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The Third-Wave feminist movement of the ‘9 0s focused primarily on womens meeting and overlapping identities. It was enormously impacted by the discourse catalyzed by the works are developed by feminists of dye, including Chicana scholar Gloria Anzalda and Chicana writer and activist Cherre Moraga.

In 1981, they co-edited the feminist classic, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Progressive Women of Color, challengingfeminists to acknowledge the roles race, sex direction and class played in the oppression of women. Anzaldas most famous cultivate, Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza , published in 1987, encouraged readers to defy gender, racial and sex binaries, and espouse ambiguities that come with their overlapping and meeting identities. challengingfeminists to acknowledge the roles race, sex direction and class played in the oppression of women. Anzaldas most famous cultivate, published in 1987, encouraged readers to defy gender, racial and sex binaries, and espouse ambiguities that come with their overlapping and meeting identities.

Sylvia Rivera, Gay Rights And Transgender Activist
Self-described revolutionarySylvia Rivera’s advocacy encompassed across multiple decades, causes and marginalized communities. In 1970, Rivera and her close friend Marsha P. Johnson co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries( STAR ), a group dedicated to providing social services and shelter for trans and faggot youth. Astrong believer in collectivism, Rivera likewise organized alongside womens rights groups, the Young Lord and the Black Panther Party. All of us were working for so many actions at that time, she said in an interview with Leslie Feinberg. You get tired of being merely pushed around.