The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength, and Success

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9781593372125: The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength, and Success

The Book of Latina Women, by award-winning Latina journalist Sylvia Mendoza, highlights the contributions of 150 fabulous women whose accomplishments in history, science, politics, art, and entertainment-past and present-have impacted the world.

From political leaders like Eva Perón-who ruled Argentina with flamboyance and an iron fist-to pioneers like France Anne Cordova-the youngest person to ever hold the Chief Scientist position at NASA-The Book of Latina Women provides a unique perspective on Latina women from all periods in history and all walks of life.

Features profiles on such influential Latinas as:

  • Luisa Moreno (Guatemala, 1906-1988) organized civil rights groups that brought the spotlight on deplorable and unfair working conditions in sweatshops, canneries, factories, and agricultural fields in the 1930s and 1940s.
  • Rosemary "Rosie" Casals (United States, 1948- ), seven-time Wimbledon Women's Champion who lobbied for equal rights for women on the tennis courts.
  • Dr. Antonia Novello (Puerto Rico, 1944- ), first woman and first Latina Surgeon General of the United States.

  • Loreta Janeta Velazquez (Cuba, 1842-?), disguised herself as a man and slipped into the front lines for the Confederate Army to fight in the American Civil War.

    From fiery superstars who have blazed new trails in pop culture to little-known heroes whose brave actions changed history, The Book of Latina Women is an important addition to any library.

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