Arizona Latina Trailblazers 2012
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By Michelle Klinger
As Arizona celebrates its Centennial year, community members gathered to celebrate four women at the fourth annual Arizona Latina Trailblazers event, March 28, 2012, at the Phoenix Art Museum. Cheers, applause and tears greeted the stories of Amanda Aguirre, the first Latina to represent the Yuma area in the state legislature in over 130 years; Liz Archuleta, who became the first Latina elected to the Coconino County Board of Supervisors in 120 years; Terri Cruz, who is recognized as the “mother” of Chicanos por la Causa; and Anna Maria Chávez, the first Hispanic woman to serve as president/CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA in its 100-year history.
The celebration served as a backdrop for the presentation of a booklet and digital stories highlighting key aspects of the women’s lives. Kathleen Mascareñas, media relations specialist for SRP, served as the event’s emcee. Each guest at the event received a copy of Arizona Latina Trailblazers: Stories of Courage, Hope and Determination: Volume IV, by Jean Reynolds. Thanks to the support of the event’s sponsors, copies also will be distributed to all public libraries in the state.