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Hispanic Heritage Month: Six Influential Women


In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, today we are highlighting a diverse group of Hispanic women who have broken barriers, overcome adversity and have made an impact in the world around them. At Girl Scouts, we celebrate diversity and are proud to share these six amazing women with you.  

Sonia Sotomayor

"I think it's important to move people beyond just dreaming into doing. They have to be able to see that you are just like them, and you made it."

Sonia changed the landscape of the Supreme Court of the United States as being just the third female justice and the very first Latino to serve on the bench in history. In addition to her work in the legal field, Sonia wrote about the early life challenges she had to overcome as a young girl growing up in poverty in New York City housing projects in her memoir, My Beloved World.

Carolina Herrera

"Elegance isn't solely defined by what you wear. It's how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read."

Carolina Herrera is a Venezuelan fashion designer known for 'expectional personal style' that has been influencing the fashion industry for decades. She has dressed everyone from celebrities to First Ladies including Jackie Kennedy and even FLOTUS herself Michelle Obama. In 2008, the Council of Fashion Designers of American honored Herrera with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alicia Alonso

"Dance is not an exercise. Dance is an art."

This prima ballerina and choreographer from Cuba was best known for her portrayals of Giselle and the ballet version of Carmen. Despite being partially blind at the age of nineteen, due to several failed attempts to correct a detached retina, Alicia continued to dance by relying on dance partners and the use of stage lighting to guide her. In 1955, Alonso founded the Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Havana where she continues to direct to this day at the age of 93.

Ellen Ochoa

"What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire - the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery."

As if being the first Latina astronaut to go to space isn’t enough, she is also a Girl Scout alumna! Ellen received her doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University and is currently the director of the Johnson Space Center.  She also is the co-inventor of three patents.

Cristina Saralegui

Hailed as the Queen of Latin Media and the Latina Oprah, Cristina has broken gender and racial barriers throughout her career. This Emmy award winning Cuban journalist is the first and only Hispanic to host daily television shows in two languages (English and Spanish) and the only Latina to run a television variety talk show, radio show and magazine simultaneously. Cristina has inspired and motivated over 100 million viewers worldwide and is known for ending each episode with the phrase, “Pa'lante, pa'lante, pa'tras ni pa' coger impulse” (translation: move forward and never look back).

Anna Maria Chavez

"At Girl Scouts, we create leaders."

This list would not be complete with our very own GSUSA CEO! Anna sits up high on our chart of influential female leaders as she inspires youth and impacts the world by leading our organization to help girls develop the skills to be the next generation of leaders.