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Arizona Latina Trailblazers
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    • Narcisa Monreal Espinoza

    • Narcisa Monreal Espinoza
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Civil Rights; Winkleman, AZ; Salt River Indians; Williams AFB; United Latin American Citizens; Equal Employment Opportunities Commission; Title VII; Arizona Women's Political Caucus; National Organization for women; League of Mexican American Women
    • Throughout her life Narcisa Monreal Espinoza has broken the mold of traditional roles for Latinas from her generation. Narcisa and her twin sister Sofia were born in 1923 in the mining town of Winkelman, Ariz. The Monreal family finally settled...
    • Video: Narcisa Monreal Esperanza

    • Video: Narcisa Monreal Esperanza
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Civil Rights; Winkleman, AZ; Salt River Indians; Williams AFB; United Latin American Citizens; Equal Employment Opportunities Commission; Title VII; Arizona Women's Political Caucus; National Organization for women; League of Mexican American Women
    • Throughout her life Narcisa Monreal Espinoza has broken the mold of traditional roles for Latinas from her generation. Narcisa and her twin sister Sofia were born in 1923 in the mining town of Winkelman, Ariz. The Monreal family finally settled...
    • Anna (Solorio) Tovar

    • Anna (Solorio) Tovar
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Arizona Legislature; Tolleson, AZ; Tolleson High School; Estrella Mountain Community College; Arizona State University; Tolleson City Council; Leukemia;
    • The path to the Arizona Legislature for Senator Anna (Solorio) Tovar included unexpected twists and turns. Anna traces her roots back to 1930s Tolleson, Ariz., when the Bustamante family arrived from Mexico.
    • Video: Anna (Soloria) Tovar

    • Video: Anna (Soloria) Tovar
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Arizona Legislature; Tolleson, AZ; Tolleson High School; Estrella Mountain Community College; Arizona State University; Tolleson City Council; Leukemia;
    • The path to the Arizona Legislature for Senator Anna (Solorio) Tovar included unexpected twists and turns. Anna traces her roots back to 1930s Tolleson, Ariz., when the Bustamante family arrived from Mexico.
    • Guadalupe Verdugo Huerta

    • Guadalupe Verdugo Huerta
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Prescott, AZ; World War II; Luke AFB; Golden Gate Barrio; Civil Rights; Sacred Heart Church; Chicanos Por la Causa (CPLC); Hon Kachina Award;
    • Spunky, strong, and saintly are a few words used to describe community advocate Guadalupe Verdugo Huerta. Born in 1921, Guadalupe grew up in the small town of Prescott, Ariz. The death of her father, Loreto, ended her formal education in 7th grade....
    • Video: Guadalupe Verdugo Huerta

    • Video: Guadalupe Verdugo Huerta
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Prescott, AZ; World War II; Luke AFB; Golden Gate Barrio; Civil Rights; Sacred Heart Church; Chicanos Por la Causa (CPLC); Hon Kachina Award;
    • Spunky, strong, and saintly are a few words used to describe community advocate Guadalupe Verdugo Huerta. Born in 1921, Guadalupe grew up in the small town of Prescott, Ariz. The death of her father, Loreto, ended her formal education in 7th grade....
    • Angela "Angie" Ruiz Tewksbury

    • Angela "Angie" Ruiz Tewksbury
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Globe, AZ Unified School District; Globe, AZ; Girl Scouts; Latino Central School, Globe, AZ; Civil Rights; Title IX; All Arizona School Board Award
    • The first Latina to serve on the Globe Unified School District Board of Education, Angela “Angie” Ruiz Tewksbury’s passion for equality in education broke down racial barriers and laid the foundation for higher quality education for all...
    • Video: Angela "Angie" Ruiz  Tewksbury

    • Video: Angela "Angie" Ruiz Tewksbury
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Globe, AZ Unified School District; Globe, AZ; Girl Scouts; Latino Central School, Globe, AZ; Civil Rights; Title IX; All Arizona School Board Award
    • The first Latina to serve on the Globe Unified School District Board of Education, Angela “Angie” Ruiz Tewksbury’s passion for equality in education broke down racial barriers and laid the foundation for higher quality education for all...
    • Cecilia D. Esquer

    • Cecilia D. Esquer
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Pima County (Ariz.)--History; Pima County (Ariz.)--History--Miscellanea; Tucson, Arizona—History; Legislators Mine Clifton-Morenci Heritage
    • With a passion for civic activism rooted in their Clifton-Morenci mining heritage, the women of the Cajero families have made public service an array of life. Carmen Cajero brought compassion, insight, stamina, and a tremendous work ethic to her...
    • Cecilia D. Esquer

    • Cecilia D. Esquer
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Pima County (Ariz.)--History; Pima County (Ariz.)--History--Miscellanea; Tucson, Arizona—History; Legislators Mine Clifton-Morenci Heritage
    • With a passion for civic activism rooted in their Clifton-Morenci mining heritage, the women of the Cajero families have made public service an array of life. Carmen Cajero brought compassion, insight, stamina, and a tremendous work ethic to her...
    • Mary Rose Wilcox

    • Mary Rose Wilcox
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Maricopa County (Ariz.)--History; Maricopa County (Ariz.)--History--Miscellanea; first Mexican American woman elected to Phoenix City Council and first Mexican American woman elected to Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
    • Born in Superior Arizona in 1949, Mary Rose Wilcox left eh copper mining town to purse a degree in social work from Arizona State University. “I cam down to the Valley and it was cultre shock,” she said. “There were only three Hispanics in...
    • Mary Rose Wilcox

    • Mary Rose Wilcox
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Maricopa County (Ariz.)--History; Maricopa County (Ariz.)--History--Miscellanea; first Mexican American woman elected to Phoenix City Council and first Mexican American woman elected to Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
    • Born in Superior Arizona in 1949, Mary Rose Wilcox left eh copper mining town to purse a degree in social work from Arizona State University. “I came down to the Valley and it was cultre shock,” she said. “There were only three Hispanics in...
    • Manuela Sánchez Sotelo and María Sotelo Miller

    • Manuela Sánchez Sotelo and María Sotelo Miller
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Maricopa County (Ariz.)--History; Maricopa County (Ariz.)--History--Miscellanea; Tempe (Ariz.)—History; first Mexican family to settle in Salt River Valley area (Ariz.)--History
    • Unimaginable hardships faced the settlers from Mexico and the eastern United States who began becoming to the Salt River Valley in the 1860s and 1870s. The unforgiving terrain challenged farming skills, required homesteading talents and presented...
    • Manuela Sanchez Sotelo and Maria Sotelo Miller

    • Manuela Sanchez Sotelo and Maria Sotelo Miller
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Maricopa County (Ariz.)--History; Maricopa County (Ariz.)--History--Miscellanea; Tempe (Ariz.)—History; first Mexican family to settle in Salt River Valley area (Ariz.)--History
    • Unimaginable hardships faced the settlers from Mexico and the eastern United States who began becoming to the Salt River Valley in the 1860s and 1870s. The unforgiving terrain challenged farming skills, required homesteading talents and presented...
    • Carmen Cajero and Olivia Cajero-Bedford

    • Carmen Cajero and Olivia Cajero-Bedford
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Pima County (Ariz.)--History; Pima County (Ariz.)--History--Miscellanea; Tucson, Arizona—History; Legislators Mine Clifton-Morenci Heritage
    • With a passion for civic activism rooted in their Clifton-Morenci mining heritage, the women of the Cajero families have made public service an array of life. Carmen Cajero brought compassion, insight, stamina, and a tremendous work ethic to her...
    • Carmen Cajero and Olivia Cajero-Bedford

    • Carmen Cajero and Olivia Cajero-Bedford
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Pima County (Ariz.)--History; Pima County (Ariz.)--History--Miscellanea; Tucson, Arizona—History; Legislators Mine Clifton-Morenci Heritage
    • With a passion for civic activism rooted in their Clifton-Morenci mining heritage, the women of the Cajero families have made public service an array of life. Carmen Cajero brought compassion, insight, stamina, and a tremendous work ethic to her...
    • Julia Cecilia Cuesta Soto Zozaya

    • Julia Cecilia Cuesta Soto Zozaya
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Mohave County (Ariz.)--History; Mohave County (Ariz.)--History--Miscellanea; Asturias (Spain); Retinitis pigmentosa; Sarah Coventry, Inc; League of United Latin American Citizens; Arizona-Mexico Commission; American Women in Radio and Television...
    • Julia Cuesta Soto Zozaya exemplified a moral courage and strong will to succeed. As a teenager, Julia was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa; by the age of 27, she was legally blind. Despite her loss of vision, Julia pursued a series of successful...
    • Plácida Elvira García Smith

    • Plácida Elvira García Smith
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Theodore Roosevelt Dam (Ariz.); Salt River Project; Americanization; San Luis (Yuma County, Ariz.); University of Utah; University of California at Berkeley; League of United Latin American Citizens; United Service Organizations (U.S.);
    • Plácida Elvira García Smith’s place in Phoenix history is during post-World War I at Friendly House, established in 1920. Disturbed by the poverty and racism she witnessed within the Mexican and Mexican-American community in south Phoenix,...
    • Dora and Alicia Ocampo Quesada

    • Dora and Alicia Ocampo Quesada
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Wickenburg Region (Ariz.)--History; Wickenburg Region (Ariz.)--History--19th century; American Federation of Teachers; Social Security Administration (U.S.); Stenographers;
    • Sisters Dora and Alicia are fifth-generation descendents of a pioneer Mexican family that helped establish Wickenburg, Arizona in 1863. After a long career in nursing, Dora became a teacher at the Veda B. Frank Elementary School in Guadalupe and...
    • Dr. Anna Marie Ochoa O’Leary

    • Dr. Anna Marie Ochoa O’Leary
    • Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine
    • Arizona Border Rights Project; Morenci Miners Women's Auxiliary; University of Arizona; Mexican studies; Fulbright scholars;
    • Anna Marie Ochoa O’Leary is an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Mexican American and Raza Studies at the University of Arizona, where she earned her B.A. in political science and her Ph.D. in anthropology. Her research and...

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