In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), we asked our readers which modern-day Latino hero they’re most excited to tell their kids about.
"This Supreme Court Justice became a lawyer when there were few women and people of color in the profession, and she thrived by finding inner strength and resilience. I want my son and daughter to know that they’ll be on the right path as long as they choose for themselves, without letting stereotypes define them."
—Eliana Pilar Kaimowitz
"As an author, he gives voices to characters that struggle, many of them immigrants. Having personally lived through the challenges of adapting to a new country, culture, and language, I think he captures the psychological experience very well."
— Dania Santana
"The Broadway legend is a hero to all Latinos, shattering stereotypes about us and showing the world that inclusion is powerful. I tell my son: 'See that guy who has Puerto Rican roots like you? He has a Genius Grant. You can absolutely accomplish that too.'"
— Yarilyn Perez
"She is one of the most intelligent, articulate, and beautiful Latinas of our generation. She is a powerhouse and puts her money where her mouth is. She uses her clout in politics and entertainment to elevate the Latino community."
— Julissa Bonfante
"My daughter is fascinated with Mexican culture and our solar system, so who better than Ellen Ochoa, the current director of the Johnson Space Center? She is a MexicanAmerican woman who became the first Latina astronaut in history."
— Rosa Lora