Five Inspirational Latinas in Community Service


Siempre Mujer, a magazine that has dedicated an issue to inspirational Latina women for the past seven years, recently partnered with CoverGirl and Pantene to set up a Facebook voting system allowing readers to vote for their favorite Latinas. The five finalists are:
Estella Sanchez
Sanchez is the founder and director of Sol Collective Arts and Cultural Center. The center offers forums, exhibitions, mentoring programs and cultural and musical events, and is available for local nonprofit organizations involved with social justice and youth development, according to a recent article.
Claudia de la Cruz & DUB
De la Cruz founded Da Urban Butterflies Youth Leadership Development Project (DUB), which helps young women in Washington Heights, New York and the  surrounding area build leadership skills and assert their civil rights. De la Cruz is a teacher with more than a decade of experience working with immigrant communities in New York City.
Jacklyn Rosa & Artists for Creative Theatre Inc.
Rosa is managing director and co-founder of Artists for Creative Theatre Inc., in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, providing theatre and music classes and performance opportunities to young adults. Rosa wants the theatre to become a center for artistic and social change.
Gabriela Salvador—MD,  MPH & Pro Mujer
Doctor Salvador is director of health and human development at New York-based Pro Mujer, an international group that helps poor women in Latin American countries. Pro Mujer has given out $1,000,000 in small loans in the last 20 years providing women with the access to vital services in countries like Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua  and Peru.
Jessica González Rojas & NLIRH
Rojas is executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, located in New York City and  Washington D.C. NLIRH is the only national organization that works for Latinas’ reproductive health rights. Rojas aims to strengthen Latina voices by developing Latina leadership and get more money for education programs on reproductive health and medical examinations for Latinas.