The Positive Advancement of Latinas in America

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Historical, political, and economic reasons explain the presence of Latinos in the United States. These factors must be understood to interpret the importance and impact of Latinos across all areas in our society. Today, the unquestionable presence of Latinos in the United States is well represented in the frequently heard phrase "the Latinization of the U.S." This phrase does not mean the United States is becoming a Latino country, it recognizes the influence of this population in the fabric of the nation. (Holvino, 2013)Latinas are one of the fastest growing groups of women in the U.S. labor force, but remain one of the least represented in the top positions at Fortune 500 companies according to the Network of Executive Women. This paper will make special recognition of Dr. Martha Bernal, an influential female figure in the field of psychology particularly and her overall outstanding contributions to psychology in the public interest.

The Positive Advancement of Latinas in America

Latinas possess valuable skills such as bilingualism and biculturalism making them extremely competitive candidates for filling top positions in the private and even public sector to serve the growing minority segment in the U.S. such as it is the Latino population. However, several societal factors often compromise the career objectives of high-achieving Latina women, for instance, the roles of family, community, discrimination, and strategies to counteract discrimination. Martha Bernal is an excellent representation of overcoming those factors in her effort to attain educational and professional success. More than an academic assignment, this subject has become of personal interest craving further research. This research pays special attention to...

... middle of paper ... education increases economic opportunity for this nation, and any other for that matter. Discrimination is a very painful reality for women and persons of any minority group, as a result Latina women must be empowered to proceed in the channel of education to obtain master’s degree and a doctorate to allow the closure of the society gaps of gender and race.

Works Cited

Vasquez, M. T. (2002). Complexities of the Latina experience: A tribute to Martha Bernal. American Psychologist, 57(11)

Vasquez, T. (2009, April 29). Latinas in Corporate America. Industry Leaders

Holvino, E. (2013, May). Latinos y Latinas in the Workplace: How Much Progress Have We Made? Retrieved from Chaos Management, Ltd.:

Awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Public Interest. (2001). American Psychologist, 56(11)

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