PROCLAIM LATINA HISTORY DAY IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
“The proclamation of Latina History Day during Women’s History Month memorializes the important role Latinas play in American society. It recognizes the work and sacrifices of prior generations, celebrates contemporary Latinas and lays the foundation for future generations.”
The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard
U.S. Representative for California's 40th Congressional District
In its effort to become a strong driving force in the education of and advocacy for Latinas, HOPE launched its Annual Symposium titled A Proud Past...A Powerful Tomorrow in 1991 in Los Angeles. In conjunction with the event, HOPE was instrumental in securing California Congresswoman (then California State Assembly Member) Lucille Roybal-Allard’s support in declaring the second Friday in March during Women’s History Month as Latina History Day, memorializing the important role Latinas play in American society and recognizing the contributions of HOPE to advancing the economic and political parity of Latinas.
Since, HOPE has successfully advocated for California’s local, county, state and congressional officials to declare Latina History Day and the commemoration has consistently garnered the support of the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Council.
The 1991 event has become what we know today as the Latina History Day conference which recognizes the historic and current achievements of Latinas, engages attendees in community issues and celebrates Latina Culture.
Since its inception 30 years ago, over 26,000 Latinas have participated in the conference designed specifically to meet the needs of Latina professionals; offering resources, skill development, and networking opportunities to advance their careers.
In 2021, the Latina History Day conference will be held virtually for the first time in its existence. The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives and livelihoods of people around the globe. In the United States, the Latina community has been disproportionately impacted by both the health and economic fallout of the pandemic. Covid-19 has often felt like a direct attack on our communities, which is why HOPE remains as committed as ever to uplifting Latina voices and asserting the importance of our contributions to our nation through our Latina History Day conference.
Although we long to be with our community in person, we know a virtual setting affords us an unprecedented opportunity; to reach Latinas across the country! In the face of obstacles, our hope for a better tomorrow remains resilient, join us in celebrating the Resilience of HOPE and expanding the reach of this celebration nationwide by recognizing Latina History Day beyond California!
You too can have your local city council proclaim March 12, 2021 as Latina History Day!
Identify a member of your local city council that would carry the resolution to proclaim Latina History Day in your community and learn about your city hall’s protocol on how to submit a proclamation request. Access sample proclamation language here.
If you don’t hear back in a week or two, follow up! You can also look up your city council’s agenda to submit public comment at a city council meeting.
Once your member has agreed to carry the resolutions, you should plan on attending city hall virtually or in person to collect it.