• Balancing family expectations with personal destiny creates a new identity

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — In Evenings at the Argentine Club, writer Julia Amante introduces readers to the Argentine Club, a place where families meet on Sundays for entertainment and as a place of refuge to preserve their traditions. In the close-knit Argentine-American community of Burbank, California, there are rules about marriage,...

  • Feeding the hunger to know her herself sends one Latina on a delicious journey

    By Jo Ann Hernandez   LatinaLista — Josefina Lopez, the acclaimed playwright of the hit play-turned-into-movie “Real Women have Curves,” does it again with her debut novel published in 2009 titled “Hungry Woman in Paris.” It’s a tale of a woman discovering ‘herself.’ Everyone who reads this book will rock with laughter as...

  • USA: A way out for undocumented victims of domestic violence

    By Almudena Toral LatinaLista NEW YORK CITY — Graciela Beines is a survivor. She arrived in the United States from Argentina 10 years ago. She was undocumented, unmarried, had no children in the country and barely spoke English. In 2002, Beines, 50, was victim of brutal domestic violence. Many undocumented women like...

  • Guest Voz: Remembering that the greatest Valentine gift is a healthy heart

    By Ada M. Alvarez LatinaLista Ada M. Alvarez is a Board Member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and has a Masters in Science in Investigative Mass Communications from Florida International University. She is 23-years-old and was born in Puerto Rico where she got a BA in Journalism and a minor...

  • New Girl Scout study reveals young girls want reality from fashion industry and advertising

    LatinaLista When it comes to body image, it’s long been known that the fashion industry has a hand in determining for the rest of us what and who is beautiful or feo (ugly). Thanks to size 0 models, or designers who create size 0 clothes, bigger size girls and women are considered,...

  • Drawing inspiration from life proves the perfect path to finding the American Dream

    LatinaLista Eva Ruiz, a self-taught artist, finds it’s possible to make a living at something that comes natural, as well as, rewarding when giving back. Eva Ruiz was never the teacher’s pet in school. No matter how hard she tried, Eva just couldn’t focus on taking the kind of notes her teachers...

  • Leaders call attention to untold stories of human trafficking victims

    By MELANIE KISER Cronkite News Service PHOENIX — Perhaps law enforcement’s biggest roadblock in combating human trafficking in Arizona and elsewhere is a conspicuous absence of victims, a group of officials and advocates said Monday. Intimidation, coercion and manipulation keep those forced into labor or prostitution, half of them children or teenagers,...

  • New report shows unemployment rate highest in 25 years for single female households

    LatinaLista — The Institute for Women’s Policy Research released a report this week underscoring the inequality of the labor force when it comes to men and women. Aside from pay differences that still exist between the sexes, we now see that even the media tends to focus more on male job losses...

  • A crowning achievement: Sharing the beauty of family and love with troubled young adults

    Winning the title of Mrs. Kentucky International 2010, Elaine Barnes Bateman uses her pageant platform to raise awareness for mentoring and adopting troubled young adults.   LatinaLista — To look at Elaine Barnes Bateman, one can easily see how this petite, pretty Venezuelan-Cuban with the mega-watt smile was crowned Mrs. Kentucky International...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Delivering teens the message — “ME NOW…baby later”

    LatinaLista — One of the most urgent problems stalking Latino communities is teen pregnancies. It’s always been known that Latina teens contributed disproportionately to the number of teenage pregnancies but the latest study done by the Guttmacher Institute shows that after a decline in the 1990s, teen pregnancy rates increased three percent...

  • Can’t decide on a Latina-authored book? There’s an app for that!

    LatinaLista — In the mood to read a book authored by a Latina or Latino but just can’t seem to find the right one…well — There’s an app for that!! Grand Central Publishing (GCP), formerly Warner Books and a subdivision of the Hachette Book Group USA, created an iTunes app called the...

  • Guest Voz: Teen dating violence – Till death do us part

    By Ada M. Alvarez For being 23-years-old, Puerto Rican-born Ada Alvarez has accomplished a lot. She is the author of two books, is the youngest novelist in Puerto Rico, has her Masters in Science in Mass Communications with an Investigative and Multimedia Track, named a 2007 Volunteer of the Year and the...

  • Guest Voz: Teen dating violence – The Chris Brown/Rihanna Incident

    By Ada M. Álvarez For being 23-years-old, Puerto Rican-born Ada Alvarez has accomplished a lot. She is the author of two books, is the youngest novelist in Puerto Rico, has her Masters in Science in Mass Communications with an Investigative and Multimedia Track, named a 2007 Volunteer of the Year and the...

  • Guest Voz: A young journalist gives voice to the silent victims of teen dating violence

    By Ada M. Álvarez For being 23-years-old, Puerto Rican-born Ada Alvarez has accomplished a lot. She is the author of two books, is the youngest novelist in Puerto Rico, has her Masters in Science in Mass Communications with an Investigative and Multimedia Track, named a 2007 Volunteer of the Year and the...

  • International conference spotlights breast cancer in young women

    LatinaLista — According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in young women ages 15-54. When we think of breast cancer, we think of it as a disease that attacks older women — women who, though they still have a lot to live for, are more...

  • Another tribute paid to Justice Sotomayor — her own comic book!

    LatinaLista — After watching Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor field questions from those Congressmen during her confirmation hearings, the popular impression was that this Puertoriqueña was a force to be reckoned with. It seems the publishers of Bluewater Productions agreed because Justice Sotomayor is the latest addition to the biographical comic book...

  • Analysis finds immigrant women, ages 18-64, outnumber native-born women

    LatinaLista — Tomorrow Rep. Luis Gutierrez plans to introduce his version of an immigration reform bill. Whatever it contains, the bill will definitely entail a more humane way to treat the immigrants who have been contributing to our economy since their arrival. Yet, who are they? Courtesy of the Migration Policy Institute,...

  • Latina hotel housekeepers have highest rates of injury among peers

    LatinaLista — Cleaning house is hard work. Cleaning a hotel room is even harder work. A study that will appear in the January issue of The American Journal of Industrial Medicine found that while studying workers at 50 hotels in the U.S., Latinas had an injury rate two-thirds higher than their white...

  • Making tamales a family tradition that lives on and on

    LatinaLista — One longstanding tradition among Mexican-American families at Christmastime is making tamales. Usually a day-long event, each member of the family, from the youngest to the oldest, is assigned a special job to help make the process go faster and more fun. Growing Up with Tamales, by Gwendolyn Zepeda is a...

  • New non-profit helps women battling cancer with free house cleaning

    LatinaLista — Though a lot of fuss has been made this week about the new mammogram guidelines, it doesn’t diminish the fact that when breast cancer is found and treatment begun it’s a grueling and emotional process. For most women, just to get out of bed to face another day is exhausting....

  • Rates for preterm births increase as Latinas of child-bearing age on track to reach 11 million

    LatinaLista — By next year, the US Census Bureau projects that there will be an increase of Latinas of child-bearing age (15-44 years) reaching 11 million versus a decrease from 38.8 million in 2006 to 37.4 million in 2010 for non-Hispanic white women. Between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of Hispanic women...

  • Mexico: Breast cancer deaths continue to escalate in spite of prevention campaigns

    By Martha Ramos MEXICO CITY: A dear friend of mine says that the problem with us, women, is that we have a lot of “accessories” and, of course, after our 40th birthday everything needs, at least, maintenance. That happened to me. But I wasn’t able to see it. Mi gynecologist found a...

  • New report challenges the definition of the ultimate “labor of love”

    LatinaLista — Though women are occupying the labor force in unprecedented numbers, and in many cases, are the major breadwinners in their families these days, when it comes to caregiving it’s still seen as a woman’s domain. A new report by WIDE, an European network of women’s organizations, titled WE CARE! Feminist...

  • New national campaign challenges people to take action against domestic violence

    LatinaLista  — Though it’s the season of Halloween and people of all ages will be painting their faces to stand out in a crowd of costume-wearers, there’s one small group who paint their faces every day to hide themselves from their families and friends. They are victims of domestic violence. Bruised faces...

  • Latino community answers the call to help young Latinas, but what about the boys?

    LatinaLista — Earlier this month, the Pew Hispanic Center released a report titled The Changing Pathways of Hispanic Youths Into Adulthood. While not a lot of the statistics cited in the report were new — Latino students still lag behind their peers when it comes to high school graduation rates, college completion,...