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Annual Latina Trailblazers Event Shines Light on Courageous Women

June 26, 2013
2013 Arizona Latina Trailblazers, see caption below.

Honoring the spirit and visionary achievements of Arizona Latina leaders, Latino Perspectives Magazine and the Raul H. Castro Institute at Phoenix College presented the fifth annual Arizona Latina Trailblazers celebration on March 27, 2013  at the Phoenix Art Museum. The festivities included video highlights of the honorees and a musical performance by Carmela y Más.

The four outstanding women celebrated at this year’s event were: Narcisa Monreal Espinoza, Guadalupe Verdugo Huerta, Angela “Angie” Tewksbury and Arizona State Senator Anna Tovar. The public was invited to this family-friendly event to pay tribute to the lives and accomplishments of this year’s distinguished Trailblazers.

“It is always such an honor and a joy to be a part of this important celebration,” said Dr. Anna Solley, president of Phoenix College. “We take inspiration from the compelling stories of these Latinas who forged paths to success in government, politics, activism, education, volunteerism and every aspect of our lives. They are truly beacons of perseverance and achievement for us all.”

A digital collection of the women’s stories, “Arizona Latina Trailblazers: Stories of Courage, Hope and Determination, Vol. V,” premiered at the reception. Highlighting the lives of four women who have left their mark in our communities, this educational resource is being contributed to the Arizona Latina Trailblazer collection for the Arizona Memory Project, a series of online Arizona history resources housed on the State Library’s website.

“March is Women’s History Month, the ideal time to share the lives of each of these notable Trailblazers,” said Cecilia Rosales, chief operating officer of Latino Perspectives Media. “Outstanding Latinas have always been integral to the very fabric of Arizona’s history. Latino Perspectives Magazine is proud to share a role in this fifth annual tribute, which is so instrumental in highlighting and preserving stories that provide a legacy to inspire a new generation of Arizonans.”

Arizona Latina Trailblazers was presented and coordinated by the Raul H. Castro Institute of Phoenix College and Latino Perspectives Magazine. It was made possible, in part, by the generous contribution of its main sponsor, Salt River Project. Other sponsors include Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, American Family Insurance and Wells Fargo. Gratitude is also given to the community partners — the YWCA of Maricopa County and the Arizona Cactus-Pine Girls Scouts.

Pictured above: Marta Maestas, daughter of Guadalupe V. Huerta; Barbara Tewksbury, daughter of Angela "Angie" Tewksbury, Narcisa Monreal Espinoza and Arizona State Senator Anna Tovar