Women’s History Month: Dr. Gertrude Elion, Nobel Prize winner in Medicine


March is Women’s History Month. Today we’re profiling Dr. Gertrude Elion. She was born January 23, 1918 and died February 21, 1999. She was an American biochemist and pharmacologist.  In the beginning of her career, she got turned down for jobs because she was a woman. One male biochemist realized she was smart and gave her job.

Dr. Elion won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1988. She also invented various drug treatments for leukemia, gout, malaria, viral herpes and the prevention of kidney transplant rejection. Dr. Elion is well known contribution was the first antiretroviral drug to treat AIDS, aziothymidine, known as AZT.

Here are parts of her biography from Nobleprize.org:

I was a child with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and remember enjoying all of my courses almost equally. When it came time at the end of my high school career to choose a major in which to specialize I was in a quandary. One of the deciding factors may have been that my grandfather, whom I loved dearly, died of cancer when I was 15. I was highly motivated to do something that might eventually lead to a cure for this terrible disease. When I entered Hunter College in 1933, I decided to major in science and, in particular, chemistry.

Over the years, my work became both my vocation and avocation. Since I enjoyed it so much, I never felt a great need to go outside for relaxation. Nevertheless, I became an avid photographer and traveler

In my professional career I was promoted frequently, and in 1967 I was appointed Head of the Department of Experimental Therapy, a position which I held until I retired in 1983. This department was sometimes termed by some of my colleagues a “mini-institute” since it contained sections of chemistry, enzymology, pharmacology, immunology and virology, as well as a tissue culture laboratory. This made it possible to coordinate our work and cooperate in a manner that was extremely useful for development of new drugs.


November 2, Latina Equal Pay Day: We deserve it, join the Twitter storm



We are getting the message out and flooding social media with the conversation about the importance of Latina Equal Pay day.

November 2, 2017 is Latina Equal Pay Day.

We are still fighting for our equal pay, the same money white males make today.

Fact: Latinas make 54 cents to one dollar a white male takes home.

How can we have a save for a home, a car or our retirement if we keep getting shorted when it comes to our income.


On November 2, join the Twitter storm at 2pm ET. Let us tell the world why we need equal pay as Latinas. Here are some tweets you can use. Copy and paste :

  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    #Latinas make 54 cents to every $1 that a white male earns in the U.S. – U.S. Census Bureau
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    Eliminating the wage gap would provide much-needed income to #Latinas whose wages support their households.
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    40% of #Latina mothers bring in 40% or more of the families income. Family relies on that money.
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    Nearly 3 million family households in the U.S. are headed by #Latinas -U.S. Census Bureau



  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    Median wage for #Latinas in U.S. are $31,109 a year.
    White males median wage $57,204 – U.S. Census Bureau
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    It means a #Latina working full-time can have 3 more years of child care.
  • Why #LatinaEqualPay matters
    Latinas working full-time can have 3 more yrs of tuition & fees for 4 year public university – U.S. Dept of Ed
  • #LatinaEqualPay means a #Latina working full-time can have 193 more weeks of food for her family – U.S. Dept. of Labor Statistics
  • #LatinaEqualPay means a #Latina who works full-time can have more than 17 additional months of mortgage & utility payments -U.S. Census
  • #LatinaEqualPay means a Latina working full-time can have 27 more months of rent – U.S. Census Bureau
  • #Latinas and their families cannot afford discrimination and lower wages #LatinaEqualPay
  • Nearly two-thirds of voters support the Paycheck Fairness Act. #LatinaEqualPay
  • 20 states with large numbers of Latinas, pay them from 43-63 cents for every dollar paid to white male – U.S Census #LatinaEqualPay now!
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    38% of all Latina-headed family households live below the poverty level – U.S. Census Bureau
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    More than 1.1 million Latina-headed family households live in poverty in U.S. – U.S. Census Bureau


Women of Color stand up and be heard



A big thank you to @ReignofApril who started the Twitter conversation #WOCAffirmation on Friday.

She empowered us. As Women of Color (WOC) we have the power to create change.

Here are a few pieces of advice that we believe will inspire you to stand your ground, speak up, fight for your fair share, and push back when you must.

  1. Find your voice. Use it.
  2. Don’t let fear make you a prisoner. Dig deep and find that courage. You have it.
  3. Push forward when someone tries to push you back.
  4. WOC should stand up for each other. When one is targeted at work, don’t run and hide. Defend your sister. Remember you could be next.
  5. Open doors for other women of color. Don’t be the one who is guarding “her turf.”
  6. Speak up when women of color are not invited to the conversation. This is the only way we break up the “white boy’s club.”
  7. Mentor another woman of color. We need to raise each other up.
  8. When someone is putting down a WOC who is not present, be the one to silence the hater.
  9. Reach out to a WOC who may need a word of encouragement, pat on the back or the simple words “it will be OK.”
  10. Be a friend 24/7.

Together we can lead a movement and make sure we are treated as equals.


Rebecca Aguilar is an award-winning  journalist and the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, a Latina networking group of 9,000 Latinas on Facebook and LinkedIn. 




Women’s History Month: The Latina who fought for better education for Mexican children

MariaHernandezMaría Rebecca Latigo de Hernández was a civil rights activist. She worked hard to make life better for the Mexican-American community. In 1929, she co-founded the Orden Caballeros of America. The organization supported civic and civil rights.

Latigo de Hernández protested the segregation of Mexican-American children and the inferior education they were being offered at school in San Antonio, Texas. In 1970, she was instrumental in the development of the Raza Unity Party’s gain in politics.

Latigo de Hernández used radio to get her message out. She was one of the first Mexican-Americans on the radio in the 1930, and later went on to do television until the 1970’s.

Highlights of Hernández’s Life

  • Taught elementary school in Monterrey
  • Mother of 10 children.
  • 1929-Organized organization dedicated to political activities to help Mexicans.
  • 1932-first Mexican female radio announcer. 1933- Formed organization to give financial help to expectant mothers.
  • 1934-Formed organization to help get better education for Mexican community.
  • 1934-spoke on “Voz de las Americas” to promote LULAC.
  • 1938-took up works rights in the Pecan-Shellers’ Strike.
  • 1939-visited Mexico’s president to create good will between Mexico and U.S. Mexicans.
  • 1945- Book published with Hernández essays.
  • 1945- formed Club Liberal Pro-Cultura de la Mujer.
  • 1968- began bimonthly speeches on education and social progress.
  • 1968-was part of El Círculo Social Damas de América on Television in SA
  • 1968-testified before US Commission on Civil Rights on race discrimination against Mexican Americans and African Americans.
  • 1969- Board member of Círculo Social
  • 1970- became part of Raza Unida Party
  • 1986-María Hernández died of pneumonia in Lytle on January 8, 1986

More resources on María Rebecca Latigo de Hernández

Texas State Historical Association: Life of Maria Rebeca Latigo Hernandez

Latinas in the United States: Maria Rebecca Latigo de Hernandez 

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, a virtual group of 7,000 Latinas on Facebook and LinkedIn. 

Empower yourself and love what you look like

Start empowering yourself by first accepting what you look like.




I don’t know who thought of this quote, but it makes sense. Make it a great day.


Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and founder of Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook and LinkedIn. WLL is a virtual networking group for Latinas. Join on Twitter @WiseLatinasLink

Latinas shut out of ‘The View’ again, not part of permanent co-hosts in new season

ABC’s ‘The View’ is excited about announcing its new co-hosts for its 19th season starting September 8. But as Latinas we’re not happy that once again we are missing in action.

We have not been invited to sit around the table in a permanent position in the show’s upcoming new season. ‘The View’ continues to ignore our Latina voices and our significance in this country.

Screenshot: Facebook
Screenshot: Facebook

Once again Latinas have been shut out, our voice and our point of view will not be heard on ‘The View.’

Look at ‘The View’s’ Facebook page and the photo of the new co-hosts joining the show.  The only women of color are Whoopi and Raven-Symoné. But they can’t speak for us, they don’t see our world as Latinas because they’re not one of us.

Last season Rosie Perez stood her ground for us on everything from immigration to racist remarks made by guest hosts like Kelly Osbourne. How can we forget Osbourne’s comment “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”

I’m still not sure if Perez left on her own or if she was asked to leave. I’m not sure if we’ll ever get the straight story on that departure.

But did ABC or ‘The View’ producers even attempt to find a Latina to sit around that table? Did they even interview a few Latinas just to humor us? ‘The View’ claims political commentator, Ana Navarro will be part of a group of contributors. In TV talk that means she’ll be on every once in a while. But you know what? That is not good enough.

Screenshot: Twitter
Screenshot: Twitter

The show is going on its 19th season and in all that time only ONE Latina has been asked to take a permanent chair. There are 50 million Latinos in the U.S. and ‘The View’ was only able to find ONE Latina in 19 seasons.  Talk about unfair!

It’s amazing how every politician wants the Latina vote, every company knows our purchasing power, but still ‘The View’ continues to ignore us and not take us seriously. It’s time to stop supporting this show. Yes, I mean not watch it. Change the channel.

I’m glad comedian Joy Behar is returning to the show. She makes people laugh. But I won’t be watching. ‘The View’s’ producers have sent their message loud and clear to Latinas “Mi casa is not tu casa.” Translation “Our home is not your home.”

Time to use that remote and find another TV show in that time slot that will appreciate us. I’m sure their advertisers will welcome us too.

Latinas we have a voice. Let ‘The View’ know what you’re thinking on their social media pages. United we are a powerhouse!

The View Facebook

The View Twitter

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, the largest virtual networking group of Latinas on Facebook and LinkedIn with more than 7,000 members. 

Latinas support Rosie Perez, outraged over reports The View co-host was forced to apologize to Kelly Osbourne

The Daily Mail is reporting that ABC execs at The View forced co-host Rosie Perez to apologize to Kelly Osbourne.  After the show Perez had it out with the producers and then left The View for good. Never to return.

You may recall that Osbourne was filling in as a co-host on the show. The women were talking about Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant statements when Osbourne blurted out “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump.”

Osbourne’s racist comment stunned her co-hosts and the audience. Perez jumped in right away saying “oh, that’s not..oh no..” and “Latinos are not the only people doing that.”  Here’s the video.

I saw the show and knew right away Osbourne’s derogatory statement was about to go viral. According to The Daily Mail, after the show Osbourne started crying, and show executives cornered Perez forcing her to apologize on Twitter. Here’s the tweet.

The next day on Twitter, Perez did a bit more explaining.



Like most women, Latinas don’t like to told what to do. And hearing that Perez was forced to apologize to Osbourne had Latinas speaking out overwhelmingly in support of Perez on social media. Here are just a few comments from our Wise Latinas Linked members on Facebook.

M. Rascon “Wow. I think all Latinos need to boycott his show. This is just another sign of disrespect Latinos receive and why I get so passionate about this Trump issue.”

B. Wilson “Total crap. I’m glad Rosie walked off. And this is really shameful, considering how Kelly left Fashion Police after unfortunate remarks by Giuliana Rancic about singer/actress Disney star Zendeya.”

M. Galaviz “I wonder why Kelly wasn’t ‘forced’ to publicly apologize to Rosie and the Latino community for her disrespect words.”

S. Ibarra “I’m sick of Kelly Osbourne. Who made her the queen?…”

I. Marsh “No need to apologize Rosie! That pendeja let her true feelings show. She should be apologizing to you!”

A. Marcos “Beyond the ‘drama’ and the racist remark, what this demonstrates to me, is the deep embedded belief that so many people have about us…”


If ABC execs did force Perez to apologize as The Daily Mail is reporting, they should now publicly apologize to her. Perez did nothing wrong. She was standing up for Latinos. It’s called “The View” right? That was Perez’s view; defending us from a ridiculous statement.

How many times is Osbourne going to apologize for putting her foot in her mouth? How many times will she pour on the tears? It’s getting old.

Right now The View cannot afford to lose anymore viewers. Just a reminder, Latinas are not only a big voting block but we are also a big viewing block. The View’s sponsors know that too. If Latinas don’t watch the show, we don’t buy the products advertised.

Can someone tell Kelly Osbourne I would be more than willing to give her FREE classes on Sensitivity 101 and Diversity 101. The more she knows about Latinos the better for her reputation.

Rosie Perez announced she was officially leaving The View in July. Thank you Rosie  for being the strong Latina we have learned to love and respect.  Mucho exito!

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and founder of Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook and LinkedIn. WLL is a virtual networking group of more than 7,000 Latinas.

Celebrating National Lipstick Day

Just in case you didn’t know, today is National Lipstick Day.

Let us know in comments what else you have in your personal tool box.

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and founder of Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook and LinkedIn. WLL is a virtual networking group of more than 7,000 Latinas.