• International gathering of women addresses hard issues facing the world

    LatinaLista -- Canada has been in the news more than usual lately due to the Royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but there is another visit that Canada is hosting that hasn't gotten nearly the attention it deserves. From July 3-7, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University in...

  • USA: Remembering Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos

    By Vanessa Pérez Rosario, Ph.D. Latina Lista USA -- On July 5, 1953, in the early morning hours, two New York City police officers spotted a woman lying in the street near the corner of Fifth Avenue and 106 Street in East Harlem. She died shortly after in Harlem Hospital of pneumonia....

  • New accessory line for women inspired by Latin America

    El Tiempo Hispano DELAWARE -- Roxanna is a Venezuelan visual communicator that has lived in Delaware for the past five years working in the design of printed material and web pages. In these past two years she had the idea to broaden her creative spectrum and design some other products, mainly for...

  • New report breaks Latina stereotype opinions about sexual health issues

    LatinaLista -- There's probably no group more stereotyped than Latinas. The funny thing is that not all the stereotypes are the same. There's the image of the submissive Latina who divides her time between jumping to (literally) serve any man who comes into her home and the church. Then there's the image...

  • Latina driving force behind new vision for Girl Scouts

    By Tony Cantú La Prensa de San Antonio.- Since taking the helm as CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas in 2009, Anna Maria Chávez has overseen a period of substantial growth for the local council, now serving more than 21,000 girls in a 21-county region. As top executive, she oversees a...

  • Latina director of equal rights organization speaks out on Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart decision

    LatinaLista -- The day of reckoning arrived today for the 1.5 million women who were included in a class action lawsuit suing Wal-Mart over sex discrimination charges regarding equal pay and job promotions. The Supreme Court rendered a decision that determined national class claims against Wal-Mart could not go forward but individual...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Replacing bruises with a “ROSE”

    LatinaLista -- One of the worst times in a woman or young girl's life is when she feels "beaten" down, physically and emotionally, by the man in her life to whom she's professed her most personal gift -- her love. Unfortunately, this feeling goes beyond breaking up with someone, it's all about...

  • Grad student studies relevancy of quinceañeras for today’s Latino families

    By Gloria Quevas Bibby La Costa Latina When I turned 15, my parents took me to a local jewelry store where they selected a lovely garnet ring as my gift. My father explained to me, that they could not afford the cost of a quinceañera and that the ring symbolized my becoming...

  • The sad, mysterious and predictable murder of Evelia Valencia

    LatinaLista -- Evelia Villa Valencia was a 29-year-old mother of three when her eldest, an 11-year-old, made the gruesome discovery after school, on May 23, 2011, of his mother's lifeless body. She had been strangled in the bedroom of the family's apartment in Arlington, Texas -- she was still holding on to...

  • Too many Latinas with dark skin falsely assume they don’t need sunscreen

    LatinaLista -- The official start of summer may still be a few weeks off but Mother Nature didn't get the memo with a lot of the country experiencing high temps this Memorial Day weekend. What that means is that Latinas will be among the crowds soaking up the sun, and it doesn't...

  • Without Social Security, majority of older Latinas would live in poverty

    LatinaLista -- As Congress begins to tackle the budget deficit and slashes programs they say are bankrupting the country, the truth is that without one particular program older black women and Latinas would be the ones going bankrupt. The program is Social Security and according to new research from the Institute for...

  • Conference sounds global alarm to stop rape as tool of war

    LatinaLista -- Rape has always been a weapon of warfare in civil wars and uprisings since history was first recorded. Yet, thanks to two recent cases -- CBS 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan who was assaulted while covering the Egyptian uprising and Libyan attorney Iman al-Obeidi who was raped by Libyan troops...

  • Latina entrepreneurs help themselves and others

    by Elías Cepeda | trad. Victor Flores Extra News CHICAGO -- Tanya Diaz, a working mother of three and supportive wife, knew all the excuses for not exercising throughout a busy week. "I used them all," she says. "I'd say, 'I'm too busy with the kids.' Then I'd come home from work...

  • Soledad O’Brien — An Afro-Latina by birth and a journalist by choice

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent, shares her life story and behind-the-scenes career experiences in her book "The Next Big Story," co-written with Rose Marie Arce. The book, published by Celebra, begins with her childhood in Smithtown, Long Island (a predominantly white suburb of New York City)...

  • Virtual summit empowers women to make an impact on the world

    LatinaLista -- Wherever we look around the world, and even in our own backyards, we see women are taking bolder stands -- running for political office, challenging social injustice or human rights abuses, leading coalitions, communities and governments. Some say the world is on the cusp of a new era that is...

  • Special Mother’s Day video makes mom star of her own movie

    LatinaLista -- The countdown to Mother's Day is underway -- it's this Sunday, May 8 -- and the number one question most children are asking themselves is: What am I going to give mom? For those on a tight budget but want a gift that is extra special in showing mom she's...

  • Guest Voz: A once-a-decade opportunity awaits Latinas wanting to run for public office

    LatinaLista -- Not to be sexist but with all the recent gridlock in Congress it's clear that the only solution to a more bipartisan government is to elect more women to political office. A study published in the American Journal of Political Science earlier this year found that women actually rank as...

  • New site helps makes breast disease understandable to its victims

    LatinaLista -- Breast cancer has one of the highest rates of awareness among women but is still one of the least understood diseases. That realization hit Houston-based Dr. J.B. Askew, Jr., a pathologist specialized in breast pathology, during a Q & A session with attendees at some community classes he was speaking...

  • An attack on Planned Parenthood turns out to be an all-out assault on low-income Latinas

    LatinaLista -- Planned Parenthood. The mere mention of the organization immediately conjures up negative images thanks to several GOP politicians who found it quite easy to rake the organization through the mud during the recent budget debates. Though Planned Parenthood has been around for 95 years providing programs, information and much needed...

  • Freeing the voice of incarcerated women and troubled youth

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista College instructor Emmy Pérez taps into her lifelong passion of helping others to share her love of creative writing with troubled youth and incarcerated women. Emmy Pérez is a writer. She's also a college instructor, a life motivator and an inspiration to all her pupils -- from inside...

  • A day to remember that Latinas and other women still don’t receive equal pay

    LatinaLista -- It is no exaggeration to say that women are the backbone of this country. According to the U.S. Census, there are more women in the United States than men -- 157.2 million vs. 153.2 million men; more women earn bachelor's degrees than men -- 29.9 million vs. 28.7 million men;...

  • Behind the Curtain: Houston Ballet dancer Karina González reveals challenges

    By Erika Andrade El Gato HOUSTON -- Everyone watched. Her tutu bounced to the rhythm of her tip-toed dance. She could not hear the music over her own heart-pounding but carried on the performance because she had memorized the steps. She could not make out her family in the crowd, but she...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: GINA’s Team helps inmates find purpose in life in and out of prison

    LatinaLista -- According to a 2010 report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the United States currently incarcerates a higher share of its population than any other country in the world. The U.S. incarceration rate - 753 per 100,000 people in 2008 - is now about 240 percent higher than...

  • New study shows real women (who) have curves face increasing stigma throughout Americas

    LatinaLista -- Obviously the headline is a play on the well-known film "Real Women Have Curves," which became the battle cry for all other-than-skinny Latinas. But according to researchers at Arizona State University (ASU), more and more Latinos see a woman's curves as anything but sexy. Researchers at the ASU School of...

  • Prison hosts speaker series to educate, motivate female inmates

    By Rebekah Zemansky Cronkite News Service   GOODYEAR - Olympic swimmer Misty Hyman gently coaxes volunteers from the audience to describe their accomplishments and goals. "Tonight as we talk about my journey to make my dream come true, we're also going to talk about your journey to make your dream come true...