Whether it be in politics, science, medicine or the arts, Latinas have defied social, cultural, and gender stereotypes throughout many generations and have become pioneers in their respective fields and native countries. In honor of these brave, daring, and at times controversial women, here are 10 Latinas who fought against the odds and became the first in their class:. Although she recalled regular summertime visits to Puerto Rico to see friends and family, her home life in New York was not a happy one. Her father was an alcoholic who died in his early 40s and her mother kept her emotional distance from her daughter. The family lived in the housing projects, which would later be overrun by gang violence.
There are plenty of gender-neutral terms that people have tried to make a thing in American English. Take upstart pronouns like xe or zir , which have had champions for centuries and remain little-used. There have also been success stories, from flight attendant to alum. And it appears that the adjective Latinx — an alternative to Latino or Latina — is headed in that direction. Academic centers are adding the word to their titles.
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