Latinas are less likely to get a degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) than any other woman. As of 2010 just 3.5 percent of STEM degrees in the U.S. went to Latinas. Though this number is painfully low, there are efforts to raise it. Organizations like Latinas in STEM aim to motivate Latinas to apply their efforts in the scientific fields and support them when they’re the odd woman out. While there’s still a long way for us to go till we see more Latinas represented in STEM professions, we have to shout out the Latinas who have made significant scientific contributions that have impacted the world.
Puertorriqueña Antonia Novello was the first woman and the first Hispanic to hold the position of U.S. surgeon general. During her time as U.S. surgeon general under the Bush administration, she focused much of her energy on improving the health of women, children, and minorities. Her focus and contribution to the world focused on AIDS prevention and for taking proactive approaches including sex education.