Written by Veronica I. Arreola and cross-posted in partnership with the National Latina Institute of Reproductive Health as part of the 2012 Latina Week of Action.
This profile of Veronica I. Arreola is one of several of powerful Latina women advocates throughout the United States.
On why she is a Poderosa:
It took me while to grow into my role as a troublemaker, but once I did I have embraced it. Sadly, the label of being a troublemaker is often given to me for merely speaking up and pointing out that women are left out of an equation. Or Latinas. Or just questioning the equation itself. That is why I took to blogging instantly. My blog has been the home for my troublemaking for over five years. I hope that even when I focus on the negative aspects of an issue, people see that I want us to change that negative stuff. We have to call out the injustice before we can change the world. I an so privileged to have an audience who is engaged, so I try to use my blog to raise the voice of others. That is why I run the “Summer of Feminista” series. I am so honored that new and veteran bloggers want to share their thoughts on my blog. Latinas are known for our ability to talk, so why not use that amazing gift for good?
Veronica I. Arreola is an accomplished blogger, women’s rights activist and mother. Her blog, Viva la Feminista, has been named a top political blog by Blogher, Type-A-Mom and Circle of Moms. Veronica’s work on behalf of women and girls has been recognized by her coworkers with a 2007 UIC Woman of the Year award, the community with 2010 Chicago Foundation for Women Impact Award and the White House with an organizational Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Media appearances includes WGN-TV News, NBC Nightly News, Chicago Tribune and CBS 2 Chicago. Her writing has been featured in Bitch, Ms. magazine, Christian Science Monitor and PunditMom’s Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media Are Revolutionizing Politics in America.