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Mujeres Latinas en Acción Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Linda Xóchitl Tortolero

Mujeres Latinas en Acción recently celebrated 50 years of community service and its leadership status as the nation’s longest standing Latina-led organization at their annual gala.

Assisting women with social, entrepreneurial, legal and advocacy services, Mujeres has worked to open doors for Latinas and their families who face challenging times, but never alone. The Mujeres Community Engagement & Mobilization Program, for example, has put the organization on the forefront of many issues impacting families across Chicago and the country.

Linda Xóchitl Tortolero, president and CEO at Mujeres, welcomed guests at the event, held at the Chicago History Museum, and began by honoring the work of the organization’s founders who never gave up and, at the time, were labeled “agitators” simply for demanding better outcomes for mothers and their children.

The event also featured a gallery of micro-businesses, launched through the Mujeres “Entrepreneurs of the Future” program, with plans to grow and become financially independent over time. The businesses featured ranged from Mexican artisanal crafts to specialty candy, jewelry and clothing.

The event drew support from elected officials, corporations, foundations, educational institutions and other social service organizations from across the city.

  1. Entrepreneurs of the Future: The Mujeres event showcased the small businesses developed through their Entrepreneurs of the Future program designed to help women establish and grow their businesses.
  2. At the Mujeres Gala: (L-R) Juan Pablo Mosqueda, manager, UI Health Community Relations; State Rep. Theresa Mah (24th District); U.S. Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (4th District); Dr. Juanita Mora, alumni, UIC College of Medicine; Pilar Carmona, senior director, UI Health Community Relations; and Miguel Alba, senior director, UIC Community Relations.