The Book of Latina Women

Author Sylvia Mendoza on C-Span's Book TV, December 4

By Sylvia Mendoza
Published on LatinoLA: December 4, 2004

The Book of Latina Women

Latina author Sylvia Mendoza was taped by C-Span's Book TV last month when she gave a lecture about her book, The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength and Success, at Sonoma State University (in northern California). The segment will air tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 4. Check local listings at www.booktv.org

Mendoza highlights the contributions of 150 remarkable Latinas. She found each woman to be inspirational. The Latinas are from all over the world, from different eras, contemporary and historical, and are found in a variety of categories--from doctors to entertainers, scientists to activists.

"It was one of the most inspiring and humbling projects I have ever worked on as a journalist," said Mendoza. "Researching the backgrounds and stories of these women touched my life profoundly."

From: Amazon.com -

The Book of Latina Women, by award-winning Latina journalist Sylvia Mendoza, highlights the contributions of 150 fabulous women whose accomplishments in history, science, politics, art, and entertainment-past and present-have impacted the world.

From political leaders like Eva Per?n-who ruled Argentina with flamboyance and an iron fist-to pioneers like France Anne Cordova-the youngest person to ever hold the Chief Scientist position at NASA-The Book of Latina Women provides a unique perspective on Latina women from all periods in history and all walks of life.

Features profiles on such influential Latinas as:
* Luisa Moreno (Guatemala, 1906-1988) organized civil rights groups that brought the spotlight on deplorable and unfair working conditions in sweatshops, canneries, factories, and agricultural fields in the 1930s and 1940s.
* Rosemary "Rosie" Casals (United States, 1948- ), seven-time Wimbledon Women's Champion who lobbied for equal rights for women on the tennis courts.
* Dr. Antonia Novello (Puerto Rico, 1944- ), first woman and first Latina Surgeon General of the United States.
* Loreta Janeta Velazquez (Cuba, 1842-?), disguised herself as a man and slipped into the front lines for the Confederate Army to fight in the American Civil War.

From fiery superstars who have blazed new trails in pop culture to little-known heroes whose brave actions changed history, The Book of Latina Women is an important addition to any library.

About Sylvia Mendoza:
Sylvia Mendoza is an award-winning journalist and author based in San Diego, CA.

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