Aug 03, 2015


We Can All Do it All: A Call for Hermandad

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Now more than ever, mujeres are proving that they can do it all!

All of Us Can Do it All!

Women can simultaneously be wives, mothers, successful businesswomen, movers and shakers!  Women can be everything and anything, from political leaders to athletes, writers to government officials, artists to entertainers, CEO’s of companies to inventors, doctors to lawyers, pilots to teachers, etc. Our capabilities are endless!

Women have been taking over the world, one day at a time, for a very long time. However, often times women remain silent regarding their triumphs. While men shamelessly bask in their own successes, some of us women  have been taking a seat in the back, plotting how, when and where to make a move. Ladies, the movement already has begun and it’s time that each of us join in–together!

Success is Found in Sisterhood

As I think of some of the most powerful–and impactful–women in history, I think of  Mother Theresa, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Coco Chanel, Hilary Clinton, Martha Stewart, Amelia Earhart, Estee Lauder, Marilyn Monroe, Virginia Woolf, Sonia Sotomayor and Oprah Winfrey.  These women have made their mark on the world and paved the way for the future generations of women to do the same. One advantage that many of us have today, that the female leaders who came before us did not always have, are mentorship groups, programs and support systems comprised of like-minded women intended to support the female leaders of tomorrow.

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women,” and he couldn’t be more right. Women need other women to overcome the biased gender expectations that society has placed on us all. We need to support one another, help one another, guide one another and lead one another to greatness, as a band of sisters. We need to motivate one another to overcome the myriad of obstacles that may stand in our way. We need not compete with one another, but use each other as a resource.

Today we are lucky to have so many powerful women in leadership roles within our communities, our professional industries and the world. Women who have worked long hours to get where they are today. Women who never let anything prevent them from reaching their goals. Women who prove that we are forces to be reckoned with and that we are unstoppable!

Join a Hermandad

Let us strive to reach out and help our fellow woman in her pursuits of happiness. Let us join organizations that bring women together. Let us become one another’s ally,  not each other’s competitor.

I challenge you all to pick a woman in your life who needs your instruction, who can learn from your experiences,  and who you can help to inspire.  New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen said it best: “We’re connected, as women. It’s like a spiderweb. If one part of that web vibrates, if there’s trouble, we all know it, but most of the time we’re just too scared, or selfish, or insecure to help. But if we don’t help each other, who will?”

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Cindy Cabral

Cindy Cabral

My name is Cindy Cabral, a Latina born and raised in New York City. I graduated from St. Johns University with a Bachelors in Hospitality Management and a Masters in Women and Gender Studies. I currently work for The Art Institute of New York City as a Residence Life Coordinator as well as a current writer for La Femme Latina. In college, I worked for a non-profit organization that allowed me to really tackle my passion of helping others deal with body image and self-esteem issues through the facilitation of workshops and the creating of activities that empowered young women and men.

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