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2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Art

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanics are one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population. Girl Scouts of all backgrounds are encouraged to learn more about Hispanic culture and become familiar with its cultural elements like language, history, heroines and stories, while completing a series of activities.

Earn a patch while developing awareness and appreciation of diversity by celebrating through the various rich cultures that make up Hispanic Heritage! 

Patch Requirement 

  • Girl Scout Daisies choose and complete at least two activities.
  • Girl Scout Brownies choose and complete at least four activities.
  • Girl Scout Juniors choose and complete at least six activities.
  • Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors choose and complete at least eight activities.

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Celebrating Hispanic Role Models

Julia Alvarez

A prolific author of books for young readers as well as adults, Julia Alvarez focuses her writing on the cultural expectations of women. She has also written several books for young readers. 

Laurie Hernandez

Laurie Hernandez from Old Bridge won a gold medal in team gymnastics and a silver medal on the balance beam during the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2019 she was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. 

Frida Kahlo

The first Mexican artist to have her work acquired by the Louvre Museum, Frida Kahlo used her art to show the struggles she faced following a bus accident when she was 18 years old. In 2002, Hispanic actress Salma Hayek portrayed her on the big screen. 

Susana Martinez

In November 2010, Susana Martinez became the first Hispanic woman governor in the United States when she was elected in New Mexico. Three years later, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.

Rigoberta Menchu

Rigoberta Menchu is a Guatemalan human rights activist who received the Novel Peace Prize in 1992 for her efforts to defend the indigenous people in her country. She also created her country’s first Indigenous political party and twice ran for president there. 

Rita Moreno

Did you know? Only one Latina woman has earned an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. That’s Rita Moreno. Not only did she star in the original West Side Story movie, but she’s also featured in the upcoming remake.

Antonia Novello

In 1990, President George Bush appointed Antonia Novello as the first woman and first Hispanic American Surgeon General of the United States. During her three years in the position, she devoted herself to improving the health of women, children and minorities. 

Ellen Ochoa

In April 1994, Ellen Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to travel to space when she spent nine days on the Space Shuttle Discovery. Since then, she’d completed three additional space flights. In 1993, she became the first Hispanic director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Sonia Sotomayor

In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor. In addition to serving on the country’s highest court, Sotomayor is also a children’s book author and has appeared on Sesame Street to educate children about what a judge does. 

Tessa Thompson

One of the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tessa Thompson was not only featured in Avengers: Endgame, the highest grossing movie of all time, she also starred in the movies Creed and Creed II, co-writing several songs on the soundtrack.