Oct 26, 2014

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Today’s Modern Latina Woman

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Modern Latina Women

 

In today’s age, Latinas all over the world are breaking the stigma of what it used to mean to be a Latina woman decades ago. Latina women are aspiring to do more than to just catch a husband. We have careers, degrees, and hobbies that we love. We want to be active, see the world, and meet new people.  And yes, we want to fall in love. But being a relationship isn’t what defines us, but is instead an amazing contribution to our already meaningful life.

Women growing in the work force

Studies have shown that in the past, most Latina women have worked in jobs doing clerical work, teaching, baby-sitting or other similar type of jobs. But more Latinas are becoming engineers, college professors, scientists, and entrepreneurs. More Latinas are going to college and furthering their education after receiving their degrees.  We’re at workshops, taking part in trainings, and online courses. Nothing can hold us back!

Children in their 30’s, perhaps 40’s?

More Latinas are having children past their 20’s. Why? We have other goals to accomplish before dealing with diaper rash, babysitters, and gymnastics! Long gone are the days where women only strived to be mothers and doting wives. Yes, many still want to have their own families but we want so much more before actually having one.  More women are waiting to have financial and career success before entering motherhood. Being a mom is such a big responsibility and being financially secure helps relieve some of the pressures of being a parent.  Also, not too many women are having 5 or 6 children as they used to back in the day. An increasing number of women are content with 1 or 2 children in today’s age.

Cooking for your man

Men love women who can cook. They like a clean house and a nice home cooked meal when they get home from work. But guess what? Many Latina women are still AT work at dinnertime. So here’s a tip for all you male readers: LEARN TO COOK. I definitely think knowing how to cook is an important quality every woman should possess, BUT don’t think your woman is going to cook for you every single night. If you’re dating a woman in today’s society, chances are that she’s going to be very busy at work, going to school, and networking.  And yes, if you’re thinking that a woman should be able to do it all, you’re absolutely right! And we can! But then why be in a relationship if your partner isn’t going to be considerate and understanding of all the responsibilities we have? So men, be prepared to cook on some nights, order take-out, and settle for a sandwich for dinner once in a while. Rice, beans, steak and your favorite lasagna won’t be on the menu every night. Sorry.

 

Disclaimer: This article is not at all trying to portray that we don’t need and want relationships or that we don’t love our partners. It’s just that we’re just learning to love ourselves a little more throughout the years. It’s also not trying to portray that those Latina women who are married or have children before 30 are missing out on life. Many women lead very happy and meaningful lives with their husbands and children and are the envy of all the single women in the office hoping that one day, they will too, meet their prince charming. But c’mon, doesn’t just a teeny part of you wish you could drop everything and book a trip to the Bahamas with your girlfriends this weekend without worrying about looking for a babysitter and what your husband is going to do without you? It’s okay if you don’t. We’ll send you a postcard anyway.

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Minerva Guerrero

Minerva Guerrero

Minerva Guerrero is a graduate of The City College of New York, with a BA in psychology and an MA in Mental Health Counseling. She works in an outpatient clinic in New York as a mental health counselor where she works with individuals, couples and families. She primarily enjoys working with women, helping empower them to be the best version of themselves. When not conducting therapy, you can catch her teaching at City College and freelance writing on a wide variety of topics that include relationship issues, emotional well-being, women's issues, and self-help topics.

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  1. Yakira Cabrera says:

    Love this! You hit it on the nose!

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