Cecilia Rosales Ph.D.

Celebrating women

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In this issue, in commemoration of National Women’s History Month, we dedicate our cover story to four trailblazing women who have made significant contributions to our state: former state legislator and public health advocate, Amanda Aguirre; Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of the Girl Scouts USA; Liz Archuleta, member of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors; and Terri Cruz, community advocate and social services provider at Chicanos por la Causa. Read the story on page 21.

Latino Perspectives Magazine and Phoenix College’s Raul H. Castro Institute will host a community celebration on March 28th at the Phoenix Art Museum to honor these trailblazers. Join us from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as we present the fourth volume of Arizona Latina Trailblazers: Stories of Courage, Hope and Determination a compilation of biographies and a companion DVD featuring vignettes of these formidable women. We hope to see you there! 

Also in this issue, page 29, read an exclusive excerpt from Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, with Jeffrey Zaslow – who just last month tragically lost his life in an auto accident. Earlier this year, Giffords announced that she was stepping down from the U.S. House of Representatives to focus on her recovery, but she vowed to return. As in her memoir’s final chapter, she promised, “I will get stronger. I will return.” We eagerly await her comeback.

Continuing with the topic of courageous women, in Those who Serve (page 41) you can read the profile of detective Diana Tapia Williams. A personal crimes detective with the Mesa Police Department, Tapia Williams works with children who have been victims of abuse. 

Dana Campbell Saylor, CEO of YWCA Maricopa County, is the author of this month’s My Perspective. As she reflects on Women’s History Month, she reminds us that we are all responsible for continuing the legacy of women leaders who have pioneered new ideas and helped crack, if not shatter, the glass ceiling. 

Because health disparities are still a reality in our community, and because Latinas are more likely than any other ethnic group to be diagnosed with human papiloma virus (HPV), we provide an overview of the disease and important facts about HPV in our Health section. Read it on page 47; and remind the women in your life about the importance of an annual Pap smear. A simple test can save lives!

I hope you enjoy this month’s editorial lineup. Don’t forget to visit us online and, if you prefer to read Latino Perspectives on your computer or mobile device,  sign up to receive a complimentary digital subscription of our magazine at latinopm.com/digital.

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