• Issues,  Work Life Balance

    Happy Latina Feminist: We Should All Be Feminist Review

    I know I just did a book review a few weeks ago, but this isn’t technically a book review (oK?). We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is actually a transcript of one of her speeches given at a TEDx talk, which you can listen to here. It’s such a fantastic description of feminism and what it means to really use critical thinking skills to dissect how gender roles impact us and what we can do to work towards a more equal society.  It also bases much of its premise on, what seems to me to be, common sense.  I really encourage people to listen to her speech…

  • Issues,  Work Life Balance

    Notorious RBG, A Book Review

    It’s hard to not sound like a fan girl when discussing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but there’s good reason to be her fan!  It may sound like an exaggeration to say she paved the way for gender equality in the law, but when you study women jurisprudence you can see how vital she is to this movement. So imagine how excited I was to be able to review Notorious RBG*!?  Super excited. However, I’m going to calm down my inner fan girl and give this book an appropriate review. The book is written by journalist Irin Carmon and attorney, Shana Knizhnik. I have often wanted to read more about RBG,…

  • Issues,  Work Life Balance

    Violence Against Women, Religion, & Power

    As we near International Women’s Day, I wanted to review Jimmy Carter’s latest book on violence and women called A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.  First, regardless of your political opinion regarding the Carter administration, I really recommend reading this book because, if anything, it provides real statistics regarding the state of women in the world and the violence they encounter.   That being said, I think everyone should read this because it presents complicated, ancient, and horrifying problems in simple terms with concrete examples of ways to improve said problems.  It’s an easy read in that every chapter is concise and you’re not inundated with policy or…

  • Issues,  Work Life Balance

    Connecting a Cultural Divide, a Book Review

    I recently finished reading Cup of Water Under my Bed (CWUB) and I highly recommend it!  CWUB is a memoir by Daisy Hernandez, a Latina with a Cuban father and Colombian mother.  A New Yorker who became a journalist for the New York Times before moving on to write progressive pieces with a focus on social justice. I became interested in reading CWUB just by the title alone.  I grew up with Mexican culture/traditions, so when I heard, “cup of water under a bed,” I didn’t think of Santeria (which is the context of the title), but rather remembered my mom would cure me from Ojo and place a cup of water…

  • Issues,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Latinas Are Leaning In, A Book Review

    Two summers ago, I brought the book Lean In with me on vacation to St. Martin and promptly threw it back in my travel bag because this is just not beach-reading material!  A few months later, I was having lunch with one of the few Latina lawyers I know and she highly recommended the book.  I started reading it and couldn’t stop.  It was so informative and compelling, not just because the stories and statistics provided illuminated problems women face in the professional workforce; or because the advice seemed practical and useful; but because it was a window into a powerful world that we are trying to join. First, from a…