The month of March honors women throughout history. March 8 marks International Women’s Day. Sisters Xiomara “LunarIx” Santana and Kristine “Sumitra” Wesner share with The Jade Times dedicated female leaders they look up to.

Dolores Huerta – Xiomara “LunarIx” Santana

Dolores HuertaDolores Huerta is a Mexican American labor leader and civil rights activist known for founding the United Farm Workers (UFW), alongside Cesar Chavez, and for her continued advocacy for the rights of immigrants, agricultural workers and women. Dolores was also the creator of the famous slogan “Sí, se puede” (Yes, it is possible) that came out of the strikes UFW held and is now used in a wide range of movements. As a woman of color, she often had to force herself into spaces that did not welcome her. She organized and lead movements that allowed individual to gain justice for exploitation they encountered. Currently, she continues her work by advocating for increased Latina representation in offices around the country. Dolores inspires me to advocate without fear for communities that continue to face injustice in our system.

Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag – Kristine “Sumitra” Wesner
Melanie Humphrey-SonntagAside from the standard women in my personal life, I would say my mentor, Melanie, would be the dedicated female leader I would honor. She has been key in my life’s quest to develop a career in court reporting — so much, that she is the main reason I decided to pursue this field. Having gone through 30+ years of dedication and hard-work, she has accomplished so much inside and out. From qualifying in top ten national speed contests; to running her own agency; to becoming a president of the National Court Reporters Association, she’s done it all even with personal hardships and losses along the way. I’m proud to be her mentee and am inspired to become one of her best protégés as I move forward in my calling.

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