Las Comadres Para Las Americas
Comadres is a very popular word in Hispanic culture. We use it in a very friendly way. The meaning is ample.
Literally, comadre is the name we give the godmother of a child. The godmother and the mother of the child call each other comadres.
But it doesn’t stop there. It is also a woman who gets together with other to chismosear. It is also a dear friend, a neighbor or your midwife.
I learnt about this group when talking to Sandra Vasquez (the Tamale Ambassador) one day. She had been attending their gatherings and enjoyed them a lot.
I didn’t waste time and went online to search for information that could get me to the next Comadrazo…I had to check it out myself!
The word comadrazo reflects the camaraderie you can enjoy when visiting one of the meetings that happen once a month in hundreds of cities in the U.S. and internationally through Las Comadres, a group that Nora de Hoyos Comstock started back in 2000 in Austin, Texas.
I had the pleasure of meeting Nora after I enjoyed several gatherings of Las Comadres in New York city. While speaking with her I realized the reasons for the success behind this warm and inviting group is its flexibility, openness and invaluable networking opportunities of meeting successful and interesting Latina women, just like its founder.
When asking Nora how the group started she simply says she felt in need of more Latina women or wives of Latinos to share experiences, network, help each other, share information, educate themselves or simply get together and have a good time.
Its clear mission is “Connecting and Empowering Latinas everywhere through community building/networking, culture, learning, and technology.”
How to Participate in Las Comadres
Interested? There are many cities in the U.S. that have group meetings or Comadrazos once a month. Simply join through the membership form and you will be receiving all the emails that are of interest to you in your area through what we call Las Comadres News Network or LCNN.
The emails include information about the monthly reunions, book club, teleconferences, training through the Comadres University, job opportunities and how to help other comadres.
Don’t Miss the Comadrazos
The face to face reunions are invaluable. New friends, information and fun await at the monthly meetings. They work as potlucks in conference centers, meeting places or homes of comadres.
There are no joining fees or dues and you can attend any time you want. To help the organization there are sponsorship opportunities.
As a member of Las comadres I invite you to come by to a Comadrazo near you to see for yourself what Las Comadres is all about