Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating Mexico or Another Excuse to “Darty?”

Mexican dancers. Courtesy: Fox News Latino/Kevork Djansezian

“So, what are we doing for Cinco de Mayo?” I’m not Mexican, and neither are my college roommates, but no sooner had the question been asked that we made plans to throw back some margaritas at that great little Mexican place on Wisconsin Ave. But what do we celebrate on Cinco de Mayo? Psst… Not Mexican Independence Day. […]

Next Gen Feminista Friday: Dartmouth (and everyone else), Listen to the Protesters

Students at Dickinson College in PA protest against sexual assault on campus. Courtesy: The Patriot News

“Dude, if we don’t get out of here soon we’re totally gonna get raped.” The two guys behind me were scrambling, along with everyone else who was underage, to get out of the house when they heard the sirens of police cars. I’m over 21. The authorities breaking up a college party is not a big […]

Fitness: Step it Up with a Stair Workout

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Looking for a workout that will burn fat and leave you with sculpted legs–just in time for summer? Take the stairs! I keep stair workouts in my routine because bounding up steps strengthens all leg muscles, from calves to glutes, keeping my legs toned for my mini-falda and strong for my first fitness love, distance running. Natalie, I […]

A Latina Newbie Teacher Makes the Case for Teaching

Teacher assisting her students with an assignment.. Courtesy: Getty Images/Bloomberg Businessweek

“Those that can’t do, teach.” What does that even mean? The fact that this saying exists in our society is a problem in itself. I deferred my acceptance into law school to accept a job, through the organization Teach for America, as an elementary school teacher at one of the lowest performing schools in Tennessee. ¿Por qué? Because there is a desperate need for teachers in […]

UPDATE: Republished in HuffPo! Republican Reformation: ¿GOP Out, In, or No-reach?

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Via tweets, emails, Republican friends, or smoke signals, I am getting the message that the GOP is more inclusive, indeed it is a new day. Why? In November of 2012, Republicans lost the White House largely because they lost Latinos and single women voters who rejected its exclusive ideology promoted by conservative media, bankrolled by special interest groups, and embodied by “47%” […]

Meatless Monday: Fresh Vegetable and Hummus Sandwich Recipe

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With a few meatless Monday recipes under your belt, it’s easy to skip the carne at home with a full pantry close by. But how about when you raced out the door and are standing in line at the cafetería? Go back to your New Kids on the Block lunch pail and pack a meatless sandwich. ¿Cómo? Meat is usually […]

Feminista Friday: Confessions of a Next Gen Feminista

Women's Liberation March from Farragut Square to Lafayette Park, Washington D.C. (1970)

“Wow, you don’t look like a feminist.” I immediately look up from sipping my drink: “What do you mean?” I was barely tolerating the conversation and now found myself a bit intrigued. He did a nervous, quick scan of my look: “I don’t know; you seem pretty feminine. I mean, well, to be frank, you’re […]

Fitness: Slow Down and Focus with Hatha Yoga

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The ancient practice of Hatha yoga helps me stop, breathe, and focus on one thing which runs contrary to my busy life as a modern day multi-tasker. Sound familiar? Racing to get everything done? This is reason número uno why we’re stressed, feeling burned out, and ironically, less productive. Often described as a gentle yoga class, hatha yoga features basic poses held for long periods of […]