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.


Sonia Sotomayor

"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

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Junot Diaz

"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 


Lin-Manuel Miranda

"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 

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Eva Longoria

"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 

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Ellen Ochoa

"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 


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