Hispanic Pictures “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!”


The Changing Role of Latino Women


Hispanic pictures this month honors Hispanic women and their changing role in today’s world. This picture captures the morphing tasks of a “modern” woman, even though when you look at her you see an indigenous woman who can make you think this photograph was taken a long time ago.

The catchy phrase “You’ve come a long way, Baby…” was quite popular in the 1970’s when feminism and women’s liberation were in fashion! A more contemporary version today, would be “You go, Girl!”

Whatever the slogan, there is no doubt that in most cultures or countries today, women are rapidly gaining power and notoriety.

Whether they’re living in a modern or traditional setting, as illustrated on this photo of a woman counting her earnings at a cattle market in Ecuador in 2007, women are the force of the future as their numbers increase in the workplace.

Latinas are finding themselves in a new role as head of the households. However, this new role may come with familial conflicts, as Latino machismo diminishes with women gaining more independence and power. Leaving Latino men and women to renegotiate their status in the family.

The photo is a reminder of women, then and now, taking care of business and playing a central role in managing the livelihood of the family.

Surely, you know a woman who deserves this recognition today – your mother, sister, friend, or colleague. This Bilingual card as a celebration for all they have accomplished and do for their families every day.

Debra Del Toro-Phillips is a photographer and Hispanic entrepreneur.   View this photo and others in our Fotografía of America Latina Collection at Cultúrame™

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