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Notable Hispanic Women - Famous Latinas

Individual women of Hispanic heritage, notable for their contributions to fields as far-ranging as sports, fashion, science and literature. Includes American women of Central and South American, Puerto Rican and Mexican background. Famous and notable Hispanic women, and others who may not be as well-known.

Related: Hispanic American Women | Women of Central and South America
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Famous Hispanic Women
Hispanic women have contributed to the culture of the world and to American history. In this list, I've focused on a few women of Hispanic heritage in the New World.

Isabel Allende
Brief biography and list of Net and print resources about and by Isabel Allende, Chile-born writer and educator who has worked and lived in the United States.

About Joan Baez
Biography of Joan Baez, folksinger and activist, whose father was born in Mexico. Includes photo, links to more photographs, a discography and extensive links to more pages on this site and on the Net.

Gloria Anzaldua
Learn about Gloria Anzaldua, a groundbreaking cultural theorist and self-described Chicana/Tejana/lesbian/feminist/poet/writer.

Dolores Huerta
Information on Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union. From your About Guide to Women's History.

Muna Lee
A biographical sketch of Muna Lee, author, feminist, and Pan-Americanist.

Lucy Gonzalez Parsons
Lucy Parsons, connected through her husband's arrest and execution to the so-called Haymarket Riot of 1886, was a radical and labor union activist of mixed descent: Mexican, Native American, and likely also African.

Sonia Sotomayor Biography
In 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic American and the third woman Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

Aida Alvarez
Gale biography of the first Hispanic woman to head the Small Business Administration and the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to hold a Cabinet-level position.

Julia de Burgos
Gale biography of Julia de Burgos, 20th century poet and Puerto Rican nationalist.

Rosemary Casals
Gale biography of Rosemary Casals, California-born of parents who had immigrated from El Salvador. She was known as a rebel, and helped organize to equalize prize money for women. She helped found the Virginia Slims Invitational and played in the World Team Tennis league.

Sandra Cisneros
Gale biography of an American poet and writer. Among her books is The House on Mango Street.

France Anne Córdova
Gale biography of an American astrophysicist, youngest person ever to hold the position of chief scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Before she returned to school to study physics, she had a successful writing career, including writing a cookbook and working for Mademoiselle.

Antonia Hernández
A lawyer and civil rights activist, Antonia Hernández heads the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

Tania León
Gale biography of Tania León, an internationally-renowned musician born in Cuba and of multiracial descent.

Rebecca Lobo
A member of the women's "Dream Team" in basketball at the 1996 Olympics, Rebecca Lobo, born in Connecticut of Hispanic heritage, was a college and professional (WNBA) basketball star.

Cecilia Muñoz
Gale biography of Cecilia Muñoz, Hispanic American of Bolivian descent, a legislative advocate who works for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

Soraida's Verdadism Gallery
Puerto Rican woman painter and activist presents her artwork and philosophy. Includes paintings like What Prejudice Looks Like and One Day I Found A Lump In My Breast.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff
Gale biography of Lydia Villa-Komaroff, molecular biologist, an educator and researcher who has been a pioneer in the field of cloning. She is of Mexican heritage and was raised in New Mexico.

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