August 27, 1999 |
Rosa Santiago is a loquacious, vibrant person, but she scrambles for words when it comes to the award she will receive in Philadelphia on Sunday for her work in the Latino community. She'd rather stay behind the scenes, she said. But, she added with a laugh, "I just happened to have the biggest mouth. " Santiago is one of 13 women to be honored at the first Latinas march, a celebration dedicated to the achievements of Latinas in this country. Organizers expect several thousand women from across the country to attend the event, which begins at noon at Fifth and Spring Garden Streets and ends at Huntingdon and American Streets.
October 12, 2004 |
Though many aspects of the American breast cancer picture continue to improve, some news for Hispanic women remains daunting. According to the American Cancer Society, Latinas utilize mammography and other breast cancer screening tests less than any other ethnic group. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Latinas and five-year survival rates for Latinas are less than for any other ethnic group. Experts believe a gap in communication is a primary cause.
May 25, 1990 |
A group of poor Latinas dropped in on the "Senor" governor yesterday - without an appointment - to have a chat about the endangered funding for three Hispanic women's centers that serve the low-income Latinas from North and South Jersey. There they were crammed inside Gov. Florio's waiting room - great- grandmothers who have learned to read and write in English or Spanish, welfare mothers who want "to be somebody," professional women from other countries who came to the land of bills and money only to end up working in lamp factories or as maids because they did not speak English.
July 19, 1987 |
Cuca Jimenez has had more than her share of fracasos de la vida, life's crashes. At age 13, she got married. And at 14, she had her first child. There were five more children - almost back to back - and then divorce. After that, Cuca went back to high school in Puerto Rico. At age 26, she earned a high school diploma and went on to study nursing in college. Then, two years later, in 1981, Cuca's sick mother, who lived in Millville, Cumberland County, needed Cuca to care for her, so the dutiful daughter left Puerto Rico with her six children.
May 12, 1993 |
The dialogue was Spanish-accented and carefully pronounced as Luz Cintron and Maria Morales recited lines yesterday in an English-as-second- language class exercise. The topic was one most Philadelphians are ignoring: Voting in next Tuesday's primary election. "I am just a little worried about voting. This is my first time voting. If I can't find out how to operate the voting machine, I could make a terrible mistake. I don't want my vote to go to waste," read Morales, 36, who moved back to Philadelphia from Puerto Rico (for the second time)
September 2, 2010 |
Jessica Alba 's dad, Mark , is Mexican American. (Her ma, Catherine , is of Danish and French Canadian descent.) Yet the Dark Angel star has never played a Latina. That is, until her smokin' turn as a Mexican American federal agent in Machete , Robert Rodriguez 's blood-soaked, politically charged homage to grindhouse flicks. Alba, 29, tells USA Today she took the role because unlike many Latinas in the flicks, her character, Sartana, is "an intelligent, fierce, independent woman.
May 14, 1993
Latinas make up only 4-5 percent of family planning clients in the Philadelphia area. Providers are looking for ways to increase services in those communities. Iris Caballero, director of health promotions for the Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha, has been conducting focus groups in the community, asking individuals what they need and want. Q. Do Hispanic women have difficulty gaining access to the services which already are out there? A. Yes, for a long time, we've been saying that if we want women to utilize these services, there needs to be a different outreach approach.
June 15, 2001 |
Marisol Adames, shaken by the unexpected death of three close friends four years ago and encouraged by a boyfriend to skip school, dropped out of Edison High just three months shy of graduating. Vanessa Roman struggled through morning sickness and other pregnancy-related ailments before she left school last year, as a senior. Sarah Sanchez simply drifted out of school, after never really finding a focus within herself or through her teachers. A year ago, Adames, Roman and Sanchez were among the 30 percent of Latinas in this country who leave high school without a diploma largely because of cultural barriers and expectations and socioeconomics.
May 12, 1999 |
They envision a throng of women, 10,000-strong, led by an array of 21 flags and costumed marchers each representing a Latin American country. They envision madres, hijas, abuelas - mothers, daughters, grandmothers - walking side by side down Market Street, past City Hall to LOVE Park. They envision a gathering of Latinas that shatters stereotypes and showcases the unsung heroines of the community, such as the mothers who work long hours in low-paid jobs, the women who hold families together.
December 2, 2002 |
Nancy Santiago, 44, of Kensington, a native of Puerto Rico and the mother of five children and grandmother of six, learned last year she had contracted the AIDS virus from her boyfriend. Juana Rodriguez, 51, also from Puerto Rico, took care of her boyfriend until 1993, when he died of AIDS in her apartment in North Philadelphia. A few months later she learned she was HIV-positive, too. Maria Nieves, 47, was infected by her last partner, a man from El Salvador, whom she met in Philadelphia and dated for five years.