Cecilia Rosales Ph.D.

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In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. To commemorate the occasion, each year the U.S. Census Bureau releases data to help shed light on the status of women in America. From the data released this year, we learned that overall, women still earn 77 cents for every $1 earned by men.

The good news for us is that, like in previous years, our state is among those with higher ratio of women’s-to-men’s earnings: at or above 80 percent.

These tidbits of information can be eye-opening, or at the very least, simple reminders of how far we have come since 1857, when a group of factory workers in New York City staged a protest to denounce poor working conditions. These factory workers inspired many other women and unchained a series of events that would eventually result in the observance of International Women’s Day in 1909, then National Women’s Week in 1981, and the month-long celebration we know today.

In that spirit of solidarity, we say bravo to the women who have worked to improve the working conditions for all of us; to those who have fought for equality and greater representation in the public and the private sector. To those who have paved the way for the next generation.

Latino Perspectives Magazine and the Raul H. Castro Institute have partnered once again to publish Arizona Latina Trailblazers: Stories of Courage, Hope and Determination, Vol. III, to pay tribute to six remarkable women: the late state Rep. Carmen Cajero and her daughter state Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford; educator, attorney and civil rights advocate Cecilia D. Esquer, a dear friend and mentor to many of us who died last December; Tempe pioneers Manuela Sánchez Sotelo and her daughter María Sotelo Miller; and Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.

Arizona Latina Trailblazers is a compilation of biographies written by Dr. Christine Marin, archivist emerita at Arizona State University, and a companion DVD of video interviews. We share with you a sneak peak on page 20.

Come join us on March 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum for a community celebration in honor of these women and their legacies. RSVP to trailblazers@latinopm.com.

In keeping with the theme, this month’s editorial lineup is dedicated to women. Erica Cardenas looks at “nontraditional” careers for women. Robrt Pela analyzes the evolution of home economics, and Georgann Yara reviews birth-control options in today’s market.

If you are looking for inspiration, don’t miss the profiles of mariachi soloist Olivia Calderon, Officer Norma Navarro with the Scottsdale Police Department, and Anna Marie G, the entrepreneur behind ShopDevious.com.

Lastly, starting next month, we’ll bring back the education and business briefs: scholarships, special lectures or workshops, networking, internship opportunities, calls for nominations – the works. This will allow us to keep you informed about one-day events in our community and to be able to accommodate some of the many requests from nonprofit groups who submit information for us to share with our readers.

Hasta la próxima.

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