Latina Wonder Women?

There’s been a lot written in the past year about women balancing work and family, but what that means for Latinas can be complicated — especially in the world of business. Do they tone down their cultural differences to be accepted in the workplace? Maria Hinojosa talks to the president of Barnard College, Debora Spar. In addition to leading the women’s Liberal Arts college, Spar wrote the book Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection.

A1_DEBSPAR_HEADSHOT_CREDITBARNARDCOLLEGE Debora Spar is president of Barnard College and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Wonder Women:  Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection.  Prior to her arrival at Barnard in 2008, Spar was the Spangler Family Professor at Harvard Business School, where her research and teaching focused on political economy and the various ways in which firms and governments together shape the rules of the global economy.  Spar also serves as a Director of Goldman Sachs and trustee of the Nightingale-Bamford School.


Blogueras: Latina Body Image

While women of all kinds have to worry about body image, for Latinas, navigating cultural differences can make things complicated. Maria Hinojosa is joined by blogueras Patricia Valoy and Kassandra Peña to discuss body hair, thigh gaps, and being Latina.

Photo courtesy of Flicker (suez92).


Kassandra Peña, 24, is a graduate from San Jose State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and an academic focus in Spanish. Kassandra currently holds the title of Miss San Jose Latina and her future dreams include visiting all 50 U.S states and working within the media and entertainment industry. Aside from blogging, reading and attending weekly Pilates classes, she also enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs. Photo courtesy of Kassandra Peña.
B1_PatriciaPatricia Valoy is a  feminist blogger  and a trained Civil Engineer. She combines her experiences as a Latina and an engineer to advocate and inspire girls considering careers in the fields of STEM. Patricia also speaks and writes on a variety of issues affecting the Latin@ community including safe abortion access, racism, immigration, cultural and religious pressures, and living at the intersection of two cultures. Photo courtesy of Patricia Valoy.

News or Noise?: Do you know Molly?

 Latino USA producer Daisy Rosario talks to three young journalists from The MASH about their experiences reporting on Molly, the pure form of ecstasy or MDMA.

Special thanks to Phillip Thompson and Morgan Olsen from The MASH.

B2_GabrielleAbesamisGabrielle Abesamis is an 18-year-old senior at Niles West high school and a reporter for the Mash. She keeps a busy extracurricular schedule as the chief editor of her school paper, president of Spanish honor society and vice president of National Honor Society. In her free time, she likes to take yoga classes, write poetry and go ice skating.


B2_RandJassarRand Jassar is a 17-year-old senior at Niles West high school. She was born in Iraq, Baghdad, but has been living in the U.S. for five years. She was born one week before Valentine’s Day, which makes her happy. She also has a strange fascination with owls.


B2_KathrynCuaKathryn Cua is a coffee addict, news junkie and writer from Westmont, Ill., a  little suburb of Chicago. She attends Hinsdale Central high school and is currently trying to make it through her senior year. Some of her weaknesses include Vampire Weekend, puppies, mint chocolate chip ice cream and her knees.

Nude Shoes: Louboutins For All

The world of high fashion is often criticized as being inaccessible to people of color. Legendary supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman called out some of the biggest fashion designers for not including people of color in their campaigns.

A recent lawsuit has been filed against the high-end department store Barney’s for discrimination against shoppers of color, and Oprah Winfrey says a Swiss Boutique refused to let her see an expensive handbag. Some good news, though. The world’s most famous luxury shoe designer has taken a step in the right direction. Christian Louboutin’s newest design is a line of 5 “nude” shoes to match a range of skin tones. Maria Hinojosa talks to Xojane fashion blogger Veronica Marché-Miller about what this means for women of color.


Veronica Marché Miller is an illustrator and writer based in Philadelphia, PA. She runs a freelance illustration business serving women of color and organizations that serve them, and past clients include The Red Pump Project, Sports and the City and Contradiction Dance. Veronica also writes about fashion for, focusing on the fashion industry’s relationship with women of color.

Bigger, Faster, Stronger: Latinas in Sports

Maria Hinojosa talks to Mexican soccer team member Anisa Guajardo and sports and fitness writer Laanna Carrasco about Latinas in sports, and the self-determination it takes to win.

C2_Anisaphoto2_Courtesy Anisa GuajardoAnisa Guajardo plays soccer for the Boston Breakers as well as the Mexican national soccer team.

C2 Laanna_on_steps courtesy Laanna CarrascoLaanna Carrasco is a sports and fitness writer. Her profile of Anisa Guajardo appeared in the most recent issue of Bigger Faster Stronger magazine.


Being bicultural, multicultural, ambicultural…it can get complicated. We want to help out. We’ve teamed up with Latina Magazine’s advice columnist Pauline Campos for a new recurring segment we like to call #LatinoProblems.



Pauline Campos is Latina Magazine’s advice & relationship columnist, Latino USA’s #LatinoProblems advice expert on NPR, editor of the ebook anthology, Strong Like Butterfly, and contributes to various websites. Pauline blogs three times a week at Aspiring Mama (or when she remember to take her Adderall) & is the founder of Girl Body Pride.