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A Beautiful Heritage: BIBO Awards Recognizes True Beauty during Hispanic Heritage Month

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We are entering an era where the significant and amazing accomplishments of the Hispanic population are finally being recognized on a large scale. Instead of being ignored and enduring past negative, hurtful stereotypes here in the U.S., the Hispanic community is experiencing a surge in cultural appreciation and growth. Economically, the Hispanic demographic has garnered a strong boost in many industries and that financial growth is expected to increase and further support the advancement of their communities. This sense of appreciation for this powerful demographic is truly realized, annually, during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th)

However, there is still much work to do to support the Hispanic community and, even more specifically, empower Hispanic women. As of the last census, 1 in 5 women is a Latina. And ¼ of Latinas live below the poverty line with 50% are living at the poverty level. While Latinas are inclined to attend two year colleges to improve their future earning potential, many still do not attend and complete their studies at a four year college or university to obtain a bachelor degree. Thus, Latinas are still falling behind their counterparts in other ethnic groups in achieving higher education.[1] The need for these women to have successful, powerful, and thriving role models is great.

The BIBO Awards is so very proud to highlight, for the 3rd year in a row, the awe-inspiring and motivating accomplishments of Hispanic women. To date, the BIBO Awards organization has honored, awarding them with the coveted Reflection Award trophy, 15 outstanding Hispanic women who are not only successful in their respective careers but are almost very committed to giving back, as role models, to other women in their communities. They are breaking down stereotypes that have long plagued women of Hispanic origin and are actively demonstrating the strength of Latinas in industries such as TV&Film, education, entrepreneurship, community service, politics, and many others. To find out more about the incredible Latinas we have honored, go to www.biboaward.com

List of BIBO Awards Hispanic alumna 2013-2016

2013

Senator Iris Y. Martinez – Chicago

2014

Yeniffer Behrens-Mendoza – Los Angeles

Judge Sandra Ramos – Chicago

2015

Annamaria Leon - Chicago

Juanita Irizarry - Chicago

Lourdes Colon – Los Angeles

Alicia Mendoza - Los Angeles

Naibe Reynoso – Los Angeles

Lavetta Schneider – Las Vegas

Omara Fonseca - Chicago

Beli Andaluz – Las Vegas

2016

Isabella Briggs – Los Angeles

Angel Terron - Los Angeles

Rosita Raglin-Alamin - Chicago

[1] Source: http://sites.ed.gov/hispanic-initiative/files/2015/09/Fulfilling-Americas-Future-Latinas-in-the-U.S.-2015-Final-Report.pdf

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