Our 4 Inspiring Young Latinas of the Month!
01/31/2012 - 15:29 | 0 Comments|
We previously reported on the inspirational story of Mercedes Ramirez Johnson, who survived a tragic plane crash in 1995. Johnson lost her parents in the accident and suffered severe injuries. Despite all of the challenges she faced, the mother of four boys finished college and transformed her terrible experience into a hopeful story. In honor of her powerful experience, we are highlighting our 4 Inspiring Latinas of the Month. Be sure to learn more about Johnson's journey on ABC's The Revolution all this week.
Last year, the then 17-year-old senior at Toppenish High School in Toppenish, Washington, pretended to be pregnant for six months for her Senior Project, a requirement for graduation. Gaby Rodriguez told only a handful of people about the experiment, which was aimed to bring awareness to stereotypes often pegged to Latina youth. Among those in on the months-long secret were the teenager’s mother, boyfriend, and school principal, Trevor Greene. Greene said he admired Rodriguez’s courage in an interview with the Yakima-Herald newspaper. “In essence, she gave up her senior year,” he said. “She sacrificed her senior year to find out what it would be like to be a potential teen mom.” Read more here!