By Jenny Groza
September 15th kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month, honoring the endless contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. To celebrate, we're highlighting six women who've inspired us by making a huge impact in the world. Without further ado:
1. Anna Maria Chávez
As CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Anna Maria Chávez works to develop girls across the country into the next generation of leaders. The coolest part about her journey? She started in the very organization which she now leads — her time as a Girl Scout ignited her passion to do community and youth development work, and she never looked back. Chávez is also featured as part of the "Ban Bossy" campaign.
2. Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson is so much more than a talented actress — she's the co-founder of Voto Latino, a non-partisan organization that empowers Latino Millennials to claim a better future for themselves and their community. In its first 10 years of work, the organization has already registered more than 250,000 voters. Voto Latino gets 250,000 high fives from us!
3. Alida Garcia
Driven by an unrelenting desire to have a career in social good, Alida Garcia walked away from a six-figure job at a law firm to work in immigration reform. After working as the National Latino Vote Deputy Director for Obama’s re-election campaign, she's now 32 and is the Coalitions and Policy Director for FWD.us, Mark Zuckerberg's issues organization. She's a follow-your-passion role model.
4. Salma Hayek
Most well-known for her acting (including an amazing portrayal of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo), Salma Hayek is using her fame for good. She’s testified before the U.S. Senate Committee about the Violence Against Women Act and is a board member of V-Day, a global organization working to end violence against women and girls.
5. Nicole Sanchez
Nicole Sanchez understands the importance of diversity and inclusion, especially in the world of business. Before becoming GitHub's VP of Social Impact, Sanchez founded her own consulting firm doing just that: working with major companies to improve their inclusion efforts. Now at GitHub, she's helping the tech world up their diversity game.
6. Eva Longoria
Even if you've never seen Desperate Housewives, you still know Eva Longoria rocked it. She's one of the highest-paid television actresses in history and has used her millions for good as a generous philanthropist. She’s also used her voice as a co-chair of President Obama's re-election campaign and produced a documentary, "Food Chains," exposing the exploitation of farm workers in the U.S.
You can learn more about CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA Anna Maria Chávez in the video at the top of the page. Continue to discover more details about her story through her exclusive MAKERS interview.
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