Category: Latina

Laureana Wright de Kleinhans (1846-1896) was a…

Wright de Kleinhans
was an early Mexican feminist. Through her magazines, Violetas de Anahuac and
Mujeres de Anahuac, she promoted female education and the idea that men
and women were intellectually equal.

She was a journalist and a member of numerous
literary societies around Mexico, always advancing ideas of gender equality and
the possibility of distancing oneself from the feminine ideal of marriage and
motherhood. One of her greatest achievements is the book Mujeres notables mexicanas
(1910), which contains 116 biographies of important Mexican women, of which
29 were indigenous – an important recognition at the time.

Romana Acuesta Bañuelos (1925-2018) was the fi…

Romana Acuesta Bañuelos (1925-2018) was the first Hispanic treasurer of the United States. She served in this position from 1971 to 1974.

Even though she was born in the USA, she was deported to Mexico at a young age, and made a living at first as a dishwasher and tortilla maker. Eventually, she started her own tortilla business, Ramona’s Mexican Food Products, which grew to a multi-million-dollar corporation. She was a co-founder of the Pan-American National Bank, aiming to help struggling Latinos in Los Angeles.