The Latina, the geek, and the mother in me was excited as I spoke to Adriana Ocampo, a Space Geologist at NASA. What Ocampo does and how she got to where is provides an inspirational story for Latinas--and our children.
Ocampo, born in Baranquilla, Colombia and raised in Argentina, before moving to the U.S. at 14, leads programs for space exploration missions to Jupiter, Pluto, and other faraway places in our universe. Mind-boggling, I know! When she lived in Argentina, she was denied entrance to a school because it was only for boys. Shortly after, her family arrived in Pasadena, CA, not too far from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Like any newcomer, she struggled to learn English. Still, Ocampo was determined to succeed and work for NASA.Continue Reading >
It's Cesar Chavez Day! Did you know that? Well, if not--Cesar Chavez was a legendary Latino activist who helped found United Farm Workers and fought tirelessly for Latino civil rights and labor rights. His is honored the 31st of March ever year in California, Texas, and Colorado and Google decided to highlight his legacy by changing their doodle today to showcase the Latino advocate.
His legacy has long since been an inspiration to many, and Chavez, alongside Latina Dolores Huerta shared a commitment to improving the lives of others and giving a voice to many who had no way of speaking out.
Jessica Alba, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Perhaps, I'm the last to jump on the Jessica Alba is awesome bandwagon, but better late than never. The more I learn about this beautiful actor, mom, author, entrepreneur, and eco-friendly business pioneer, the more I come to admire her.
The latest thing Alba did to make me fall in love with her is bravely declaring that mothers should stop judging each other. OMG, thank you, Jessica! Enough is enough, so just knock it off you mother judgers!Continue Reading >
The most popular conversations among the members of the mamaslatinas.com community are "I want to lose weight" and "I feel depressed, sad or lonely." This is especially true among Spanish speaking Latinas. The issue of losing weight is something that has dominated my life since I had my children over 17 years ago. My weight goes up and down like a yoyo. In the last six months, prompted by other mamás Latinas and an acid reflux diagnosis, I have lost over 12 pounds!Continue Reading >
It's Martin Luther King Day, a time to pay tribute to the iconic leader that spurred the civil rights movement and created lasting change in society.
His legacy has long since been an inspiration to many, including leaders of the Latino community who have followed in his footsteps to make a difference of their world. Hispanic activities like Dolores Huertas and Cesar Chavez shared Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to improving the lives of others and giving a voice to many who had no way of speaking out.
So, in honor of the holiday, here are four Latino icons who were inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and his work:Continue Reading >
We all have our favorite celebrities that we love for different reasons--for their music, for being in our favorite movie, for being the best player on our favorite team. But now, DoSomething.Org is recognizing some of Hollywood's biggest stars not for their career, but for their contributions to charity.
The site just released their annual list of "Top 20 Celebs Gone Good" and this year, a few Latino celebs we love were honored for their good deeds! So who made the cut?
It's almost 2013! And as we approach the end of this year and the beginning of a new one, it's the perfect time to look back and reflect on all of the great moments we have experienced as a community in the past few months. Latina moms have done bigger and better things more this year than ever before. From having being one of the most influential voices in the election to watching our favorite celebs mark some major milestones to celebrating our first ever MamásLatinas Awards here, we are proud to say that our Latina mommies have had some pretty major moments--and there's more to come!
Below, check out 10 of our favorite Latina mom moments of 2012 and get inspired for next year!Continue Reading >
Parents of Latina Sandy Hook victim Ana Marquez-Greene encourage random acts of kindness in her honor
The Sandy Hook elementary shooting was one of the most tragic and horrific incidents the nation has ever seen. Innocent lives were lost--and even more tragically most of the victims were little children. One of the kids who was killed in the massacre was 6-year-old Ana Grace Marquez-Greene. The niece of a Puerto Rican mayor, she's being remembered as a lively and generous spirit who was always ready to be selfless and giving. Now her family is asking for the public to live life the way their daughter did: Her loving nature has inspired her parents to encourage the public to commit selfless acts of kindness in memory of Ana.Continue Reading >
The world is still reeling from Friday's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. But as authorities slowly release more information as to what exactly happened on that terrible day, we are also learning of the incredible teachers that sacrificed their lives for the sake of their students.
The story of 27-year-old Latina Victoria Soto, a first-grader teacher at Sandy Hook, is one of the most heroic and heartwrenching to emerge from the tragedy. Soto reportedly hid her students in a closet and acted as a shield between her kids and the shooter. She died following her instincts to bravely protect the students she so adored.
Her story has resonated with millions of people who have taken to social media to urge others to tell others of her incredibly selfless final act. Today, we're also paying tribute to her by adding her name to a list of amazing Latino heroes who have also touched our heart with their tales of courage:
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When her then 23-year-old daughter was abducted on her way to a doctor's appointment and forced into sex slavery, 58-year-old Susana Trimarco decided to do something about it. The former housewife, who at that point barely paid attention to the news, launched her own investigation into the underbelly of Argentine brothels after police barely tried to find out what happened to her daughter. Since then, she's won numerous honors for her dedication to rescuing sex slaves and helping them start new lives.Continue Reading >