Latina Voices/Voces de mujeres latinas is the final project for the course Spanish 308S: Latino/a Voices in Duke, Durham and Beyond at Duke University. The goal of this bilingual project is to shed light on the life and work of significant Latina women in the United States. We want to celebrate women who fight for human rights and equality and against discrimination and poverty, as well as those who have made an impact in their local communities and nationwide. The biographies are illustrated with the work of Latina artists based in the USA.

We hope their stories, and their work and contributions to the community inspire today’s youth, and especially young Latinas.


“I would like to thank the students in Spanish 308S who participated in this project for their research and work: Sarah Ali, Angel Garza, Frederic Goguikian, Enrique Latoni, Jasmine Leahy, Juliette Mangini, Cristina Perez, Anthony Rodriguez, Alex Scheuermann, James Toscano; and also to Paulina Asturias, Service-Learning Assistant in the course.

My gratitude also goes to the Spanish Language Program at Duke University for their continuous support and encouragement since the beginning of this project, and to my colleagues Eileen Anderson, Joan Clifford, Ashley Hobson, Harry Karahalios, Liliana Paredes and Melissa Simmermeyer for their advice, suggestions, and proofreading of the text.

This project has been possible thanks to the David L. Paletz Innovative Teaching Fund and to
the generous support of the Department of Romance Studies, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Trinity Language Council, Service-Learning, the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, and the Spanish Language Program at Duke University.”

Ana Fernández
Lecturing Fellow, Department of Romance Studies Duke University, Durham, North Carolina


Ana Fernández is a Lecturing Fellow and Spanish Cultural Advisor in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University, in Durham, north Carolina where she has lived and worked for the last 8 years. Fernández holds a Master’s degree in Spanish/ESL, and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education both from West Virginia University. She earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University, new York with a dissertation on Angeles Vicente, a beginning of Twentieth century Spanish writer, and her relationship to modernity. Her research and teaching interests focus on gender studies, feminist theory and narratives of contemporary Spanish and Latin American female writers and film directors.