I am inspired by two very different kinds of women. Women who on the surface appear to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, yet their strength and resilience is much the same. There are the women that as a journalist I meet every day who seem powerless but who in the face of poverty, violence or tradition, never give up no matter the odds. These women realize that they do have a voice, and do have power, and they never back down. And then there are exceptional women like Michelle Bachelet and Sonia Sotomayor who are firsts, who speak openly about how difficult and lonely it can be to be trailblazers, yet they too own their power and lead with humility and strength. These women keep me grounded.
Journalist Maria Hinojosa is an anchor on PBS’ “Need to Know”. Hinojosa is also the anchor and executive producer of NPR’s “Latino USA,” and PBS’ “America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa.” She is founder and president of the Futuro Media Group, a public media nonprofit in Harlem, NY, and the former anchor of her own Emmy Award-winning talk show “One on One” from WGBH/La Plaza.