Thursday, October 23, 2014

PBS documentary profiles Latina trailblazer Major General Angelina Salinas

Angelina Salinas
Retired Major General
photo courtesy: USMC

The PBS documentary series, "Makers" features women trailblazers in the military. "Women in War" will feature Retired Major General Angela Salinas. She joined the Marine Corps in 1974, and became the highest ranking female officer in the Corps.

Major General Salinas was born in Alice, Texas to Mexican immigrants. She joined the Marines when there were few women let alone Latinas in the Marine Corps.

In this video, Salinas shares what it was like when she first joined, job opportunities, and where women fit in the military. She talks about how when she joined, women had to have a high school diploma but men could get in the Marines with a GED.

Salinas talks about the important role women play in combat, and gives advice to women who want to make the Marine Corps a career.

In 2006, Salinas became the first woman to command Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. In 2006 she also became the first Latina to become a U.S. Marine Corps general officer, and sixth woman in the Marines to reach rank of brigadier general.

Major General Angela Salinas was the highest ranking female officer in the Marines when she retired in 2013.  Watch the "Women in War" documentary. Get empowered by a Latina who followed her passion in life.

Friday, October 10, 2014

2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai encourages kids to use their voice, fight for rights

Photo Courtesy:
UK Dept. for Int'l Development
Malala Yousafzai is unstoppable, fearless and continues fighting for the education of girls in Pakistan. The 17-year-old became the youngest person today to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

Two years ago Malala came to everyone's attention when she was shot in the head by the Taliban. After she recovered from the shooting, Malala took her campaign around the world and today is the spokeswoman for the right for children to get a quality education. She has also started the Malala Foundation.

Here is what she had to say when she received her Nobel Prize.

Malala shares the 95th Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi. He has been fighting against the exploitation and trafficking of children in India for decades.

Here's an extensive interview Malala did with The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. She actually left him speechless. Malala will leave you inspired.

I hope this blog has encouraged you to find children in your neighborhood who need a helping hand. If Malala can do it at her age, we can surely do our part.