Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. This month is dedicated to paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.
Once a week throughout the month we will be featuring a Hispanic woman who has made an incredible feat, inspired others, or even changed the world! Find all the women featured on this blog at the end of the month!
Ellen Ochoa is an engineer, and former astronaut. Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman to go into space aboard the Discovery shuttle in 1993. She was in space for nine days while researching Earth’s ozone layer. In total, Ochoa has gone on four missions logging 1,000 hours in space! She later went on to become the first Hispanic director and second female director of the Johnson Space Center! Ochoa is definitely a Nasa legend and an inspiration to girls everywhere interested in space and science!
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was a pioneer in Florida politics. She had a career of firsts: first Hispanic to serve in the Florida House, then in the Florida Senate, first Hispanic to serve in the US House of Representatives, first Cuban-American in Congress, and the first woman to ever chair of a regular standing committee of the House. She recently retired after 40 years serving in US politics. Ros-Lehtinen is an example to all girls that nothing is in the way of your dreams, everything is possible through hard-work and determination!
Adriana Ocampo is a Colombian planetary geologist who has made serious waves in the science world. She is most well-known for her discovery of the Chicxulub crater that caused the extinction of 50% of the world’s species (including dinosaurs) 66 million years ago! She went on to lead six research expeditions on the massive event and is now a Science Program Manager at NASA. She currently leads missions to Jupiter, Pluto and Venus and is working toward securing the U.S.’s first asteroid sample. Adriana draws inspiration from the acronym “STARS” printed in a Girl Scout book in the 90’s called “Recipes for Success”
Smile: Life is a great adventure.
Transcend to triumph over the negative.
Aspire to be the best.
Resolve to be true to your heart.
Success comes to those who never give up on their dreams.
Space is easy to conquer when you’re as passionate as she is!
Antonia Novello was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico with Congenital megacolon, a painful condition that she had to wait 18 years to correct. This experience formed her passion to make sure “no other person waits 18 years for surgery.” She went on to become a doctor and eventually became the first woman AND Hispanic to serve as United States Surgeon General. During her time as Surgeon General, she focused her efforts on the health of women, children, and minorities during the HIV crisis of the 90’s. She went on to work as UNICEF and became the Commissioner of Health for the State of New York. Antonia truly drew inspiration from within – and went on to make a worldwide impact!
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Remember, you can recognize people of Hispanic heritage all year long!