Featured on the Mural

Biographies were submitted by each Poderosa. Each is uniquely different, and true to the voice of the women who wrote them.

60+ years of age

Señora Angelbertha L. Cobb

“El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz” –Benito Juarez

Yvette G. Flores

“La paz no es solamente la ausencia de la guerra; mientras haya pobreza, racismo, discriminacion, y exclusión difícilmente podremos alcanzar un mundo de paz.” –Rigoberta Menchu

Juanita Polendo Ontiveros

“Once Social Change begins, It Cannot be Reversed. You Cannot Uneducate the Person who has Learned to Read. You Cannot Humiliate the Person who Feels Pride. You Cannot Oppress the People who are Not Afraid Anymore.” –Cesar Chavez

Rachel Ríos

“Together we can create better systems that honor human dignity and empower people with the skills and resources they need to succeed.”
– Rachel Rios

Rhonda Ríos Kravitz

“Today I refuse to be silenced. Daily a clarion call for justice rings loudly and unabashedly in my soul as I rail against harsh and cruel immigration policies and other forms of oppression and inequities. La lucha sigue! It is resistance that rebuilds and heals.”
–Dr. Rhonda Rios Kravitz

40-60 years of age

Margarita Berta-Ávila

“Great moral courage is required to voice our dissent against educational policies and practice that betray students from oppressed communities, rendering them disposable and expendable.”
–Antonia Darder

J. Andrea (yAyA) Amezcua Porras

“Write with your eyes like painters, with your ears like musicians, with your feet like dancers. You are the truthsayer with quill and torch. Write with your tongues on fire.” –Gloria Anzaldua

Under 40 years of age

Marisela Hernández

“Ask for my papers, I will show you my diploma.” -Undocumented Student Protest

Alma Elizabeth López Flores

“An action a day keeps oppression away.” -Alma Lopez

59 Chicana/Latinx Poderosas

We have assembled a list of 59 Chicana/Latinx Poderosas, inspirational women, whose voices are changing the landscape for women of color in the greater Sacramento region.  They were nominated by community members. Their work as artists, academicians, community organizers and leaders are grounded in empowerment, equity, and social justice. They have demonstrated their compassion, perseverance, courage, and leadership by engaging in the difficult work of fostering human dignity and addressing biases and systemic barriers.  They are making a difference for disenfranchised, disempowered, less privileged oppressed groups and serve as powerful role models for young women of color.

Norma Alcala

Francine Mata

Jasmin Aleman

Lina Mendez

J. Andrea (yAyA) Amezcua Porras

Cristina Mora

Samantha Anaya

Melissa Moreno

Xochitl  Arellano

Amagda Perez

Anita Barnes

Juanita Polendo Ontiveros

Desiree Bates Rojas

Lupe Portillo

Margarita Berta-Ávila

Dora Quan

Señora Angelbertha L. Cobb

Elvia Ramirez

Mariana Corona Sabeniano

Graciela Ramirez

Irene De Barraicua

Melinda Rasul

Celia` Del Toro Vargas

Rachel Ríos

Karina Figueroa-Ramirez

Rhonda Ríos Kravitz

Yvette G. Flores

Marianna Castorena Rivera

Rosie Gaytan

Theresa Riviera

Gema Tonantzin Godina-Martinez

Trudy Robles

Rachael Gonzales

Janeth Rodriguez

Autumn Gonzalez

Desiree Rojas

Maria Grijalva

Mindy Romero

Claudia Guerrero

Terezita (Tere) Romo

Martha Guerrero

Estella Sanchez

Sandra Guzman

Rebecca Sandoval

Susan Heredia

Heidy Sarabia

Marisela Hernández

Josephine Talamantez

Patsy Jimenez

Gloria Torres

Magali Kincaid

Gabby Trejo

Ramona Landeros

Katie Valenzuela

Calyssa Longoria

Christal West

Alma Elizabeth López Flores

April Ybarra

Lorena Marquez