I was invited to give a keynote speech at the 24th annual Latina History Day Conference, organized by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). The theme was Reimagine and the conference was held at the beautiful Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. I spoke to a hundreds of young Latinas about my career as a planetary scientist, and what it is like being a Latina in the world of physics and astronomy. I encouraged them to reimagine a world without limits, and how they could push their goals to new levels. Astronomy is a great tool to put things into perspective, to show that the sky isn’t the limit. I had a great time meeting many bright women in all types of fields, from aspiring politicians to artists, and they inspired me to connect more with my community. (Last year’s keynote speech was given by Rita Moreno!)
HOPE (as described in their mission statement) is a non-profit, non-partisan, organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy and education to benefit all communities and the status of women. The Latina History Day conference, for which Latina History Day in California was created, draws approximately 1000 women to celebrate the historic and current achievements of Latinas, while embracing the Latina culture. Attendees participate in forums on career advancement, current community issues and financial empowerment.
The 2016 Latina History Day Conference is on March 11, 2016.