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this week ~ Hispanic Heritage Month
september 25, 2015

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Shakira is a music-industry quadruple threat {musician-singer-songwriter-producer}. She’s also a leading change agent. As a global ambassador for the developing world, she has spent 2 decades building a movement to create a sense of shared responsibility for all children in our interconnected society. This week, the Colombian pop star ~ who serves on the US President’s Advisory Committee on Educational Excellence for Hispanics ~ joined UNICEF at the United Nations to promote their global initiative on early childhood education for a 100 million out-of-school kids.

Shakira’s dream? To make the world one “big think tank” in which everyone’s ideas + potentials are realized.

September 15 marked the start of the week in which Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days. And, the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in the US. Here are quotes + stories from Latinas whose voices have enriched the Americas.


María Grever
the pan-American songwriter

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"Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I found a soul like mine."
source it! María Grever

~ a music lover born in Mexico City who spent her early childhood in Europe where she studied piano with Claude Debussy

~ the first Mexican woman to be a professional composer

~ a celebrated writer of pop music, stage shows + film scores

Her songs have been recorded by Benny Goodman + Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart + Natalie Cole. Dinah Washington won a 1959 Grammy for covering her 1934 song “Cuando vuelva a tu lado,” which was recently rebooted by Gloria Estefan in 2013. Yet, practically no one has heard of “her” ~ the historic talent, María Grever.

Famous in her day for tango-infused tunes + romantic ballads, María composed her first song {a Christmas carol} at age 4 + published her first sheet music at age 18. “A una ola” went on to sell more than 3 million copies. As the young bride of a US oil company exec, María relocated to New York City, expanding her fanbase across the Americas. She worked with US lyricists to translate her works + scored several major hits along the way, like “Ti-pi-tin” + “What a Difference a Day Makes.”

The versatile musician ~ who taught piano, violin + voice ~ also put on many a fabulous concert with star-studded line-ups, including a show she headlined at the Pythian Temple for an audience of Latin American ambassadors. In the mood for romance? There’s a María lyric for you...

María Grever

Sonia Sotomayor
the high-profile adjudicator

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"It's not the heart that compels conclusions in cases.
It's the law."

source it! Sonia Sotomayor

~ a Bronx-born Nuyorican who earned a full ride to Princeton

~ a Yale Law alum who chose the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as her first firm

~ the 1st Latina {+ 3rd woman} to serve on the Supreme Court

Sonia Sotomayor was appointed as an associate justice to the US Supreme Court in 2009. Sitting on the judicial branch’s top bench wasn’t something she dreamed about growing up. At her swearing-in ceremony, Sonia admitted it wasn’t even something she could’ve imagined then.

Sonia’s parents were Puerto Rican immigrants. Her father was an alcoholic who died when she was 9. Her mother worked long hours as a nurse to make ends meet for her daughter, who was diagnosed with childhood diabetes. Sonia’s challenges were also her inspirations for community service ~ first as a student activist, then as an ADA + federal judge.

Throughout her career, Sonia has not been shy about acknowledging how her experiences as the “perfect affirmative action baby” inform her work. But, the justice has another powerful resource to support her convictions about civil rights ~ the law. Hear some powerful soundbites from Sonia’s influential rulings...

Sonia Sotomayor

Anna Maria Chávez
the lifelong Girl Scout

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"There is no bigger challenge, nor greater opportunity, than to lead an organization through
a period of transition."

source it! Anna Maria Chávez

~ an “at risk” Arizona kid who signed up as a Girl Scout at age 10

~ a federal legal advisor who left DC to head the Southwest Texas council of Girl Scouts

~ the first Latina CEO of GSUSA

Girl Scouts is one of America’s best-known brands. And, it boasts some notable alums. More than half of US congresswomen, all the nation’s female governors, every female secretary of state + two-thirds of female CEOs in Fortune 500 companies are former troop members.

In spite of its historic impact, when Anna Maria Chávez took over the 100-year-old organization in 2013, the movement was in decline. Tasked with transforming the nonprofit to meet the needs of the 21st-century girl, the new CEO set out to prove that scouting is way more than “cookies, camps and crafts.”

Her strategy? Staying true to the brand’s core mission while keeping pace with the changing world girls are growing up in today. It’s an approach that models the leadership traits Anna hopes to teach her young troops. Now, scouts can earn badges for financial literacy, robotics + coding as they become “cookie CEOs” with their own business plans for selling Thin Mints + Do-si-dos.

Anna is a self-described “data junkie” whose initiatives are driven by the ground-breaking national research reports she commissions. See her hopeful + disquieting findings...

Anna Maria Chávez

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Quotabelle news   who said it?

During Quotabelle's interview with Marie Miller for our emerging voices series, the pop-folk musician named Pope Francis as the personal hero she would most like to meet. Tomorrow, her prayers will be answered!

Marie + her mandolin are headed to the multi-faith Festival of Families in Philadelphia where she'll share the stage with the world's first Latino pope {not to mention, Mark Wahlberg, The Fray + Aretha Franklin}.

Visit Marie's Quotabelle profile page to hear the hit songs she's playing for the popular pontiff + discover other miraculous moments from her career.

p.s. To find more lines worth sharing for Hispanic Heritage Month, try Quotabelle’s browse-by bar ~ simply select “community” + type in “Latina”.

"I love ‘the shirtless’ of my own country with all my heart and I know that in every country, there are the same heartbeats, the same feelings, the same anxieties and the same hopes as among the Argentine workers." 
"The Latin people have a lot of talent. We do everything with passion." 
"Retirement in Spanish is jubilación. Jubilation. Celebration. We have paid our dues. We have contributed to society. Now it's our time, and it's a great time." 

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Congrats to last weekend’s 2015 Emmy winners...

The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. Let's not forget what tonight is really about, celebrating hilarious women and letting the Internet weigh in on who looks the worst.

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