Latinas are gaining influence all around the world, not just in the United States. From presidents to Supreme Court appointee, many notable women have opened doors for the next generation to walk through.
Sonia Sotomayor, Michelle Bachelet and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner were each named to the Forbes World's Most Powerful Women list for different reasons. Let's take a look at these women and their exceptional accomplishments:
Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and only the third woman ever to be appointed to the Supreme Court in the United States. Her impact has just begun to be felt, but the lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land means that her votes and opinions could have a longterm impact on American law. Her life story and perseverance have already inspired so many to reach for the stars and to embrace our the goal of becoming "wise Latinas."
As the first female president of Chile, Bachelet has presided over a huge expansion of Chile's free-trade agreements. Under Bachelet, the Chilean economy has remained remarkably stable during the global recession and the gap between the rich and poor (one of the largest in the world) has been addressed through increased social benefits.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Fernández de Kirchner is Argentina's first democratically elected female leader. Since she rose to power, she has had a seat at influential meetings such as the Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy and the G20. Kirchner is also a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, whose mission is to mobilize around global issues of critical importance to women.