Thursday, October 8, 2009

Siempre Mujer's 2009 Siempre Inspiran Honorees Revealed in October/November Issue

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Siempre Mujer's fourth-annual "Always Inspiring" Latina women are revealed in the magazine's October/November issue. The 2009 honorees -- Shakira, Maria Celeste Arraras, Teresa Rodriguez, Charytin Goyco, Karen Hoyos, Doctor Ana Maria Polo and Amelia Toro -- were chosen for their hands-on commitment to important causes in the Hispanic community.

In her introduction, co-anchor of Noticiero Univision and 2008 "Siempre Inspiran" honoree Maria Elena Salinas discusses the great strides Latina women made in the year of Justice Sonia Sotomayor's appointment to the Supreme Court, saying about her now-famous "wise Latina" comment: "That small phrase has given the Hispanic woman a major reason to keep pushing ahead, to feel proud of her heritage, to feel strong and wise." And what about Sotomayor's controversial statement that Latina women come to better conclusions than white men? Salinas says: "It is precisely our experiences in the United States that give us a unique perspective. We've learned to succeed in a sexist world. We're raised in a world of two cultures, two languages and two sets of traditions."

This year's honorees are:

-- Cover Star Shakira - This superstar singer's "Pies Descalzos" foundation has built two schools for kids in her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia. She believes that a good education allows kids to "break the chains of poverty and achieve equal opportunities and, ultimately, peace."

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