This month YWCA Brooklyn will honor trailblazing Latinx women who have contributed their passion, their activism, their art and their energy to make a difference in our community.
Eva Longoria is an actress, producer, director, activist and businesswoman. She has worked tirelessly towards progressing immigration issues and encouraging Latino voters and Latinos in politics.
Laurie Hernandez (Gymnast)
Born June 9th, 2000, Laurie Hernandez found her passion in gymnastics at the age of 5. By 15 years old she had won more than 30 medals including: the American Classic, Junior Mexican Cup and the Pacific Rim Classics. After years of hard work and dedication, she qualified to join the USA women’s gymnastics team in the 2016 Summer Olympics. At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics she won a gold medal in the Team All Around category and silver in Balance Beam.
America Ferrera (Actress and Activist)
Ferrera is a Honduran-American actress who has starred in television shows and movies such as Ugly Betty and Real Women Have Curves. She is one of the few Latinas in the mainstream film industry today. In 2007, she was congratulated by the U.S. House of Representatives for being a positive role model for young Latinas everywhere.
Born in the Bronx, Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. She was appointed U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of NY in 1992, and then appointed to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. During her tenure on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor has been known for her concern for the rights of defendants, interest in reforming the criminal justice system, and for taking a stand on issues of race, gender and ethnic identity.
Dolores Huerta is a pillar of change in the labor movement, co-founding what would become the the United Farm Workers (UFW). She set up voter registration drives and lobbied politicians to allow non-US citizen migrant workers to receive public assistance, pensions, and Spanish language voting ballots and driver’s tests. Dolores Huerta advocated for better health conditions for farm workers and comprehensive immigration policy. She continues to fight for equality for immigrants and women.
Keep an eye on YWCA Brooklyn Instagram for more features of some of our favorite Latinx women this month!