Women’s contributions to society are often overlooked, whilst men’s often comparably mediocre successes are consistently enshrined on plaques, newspapers and history books. That was especially the case in the 1900s.
Media publications have attempted to right some of those wrongs over the last few years, opting to move forward by first looking back. The New York Times, for example, started Overlooked—a series of obituaries written for overlooked people in NYT history (e.g., Belkis Ayón).
In honor of Women’s History Month, Time dug into their archive and admitted to an evident gap in representation. What we now know as Person of the Year was actually Man of the Year until 1999. Thus, only a few women have been honored on the coveted cover so far—until now. 100 Women of the Year highlights an influential woman for each year from 1920 on. 89 of them are new additions.
Below are excerpts of the legendary Latinas who are being honored as a result.
Eva Perón, 1946
“Evita, as Argentines call their most famous First Lady, was in showbiz long before the Broadway musical about her life. In the 1930s, 15-year-old Eva Duarte moved from her impoverished family’s home to Buenos Aires to become an actor. But parts in radio plays gave way to a more pivotal role: shaping Argentina’s political future.” —Ciara Nugent
The Mirabal Sisters, 1960
“Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal—three sisters from a middle class family, all married with children—may not have seemed the most likely revolutionaries. But living under the Dominican Republic’s brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo in the late 1950s, the Mirabal sisters risked their lives to work in the resistance…. After the transition to democracy in the late 1970’s, the Butterflies, as Dominicans call the sisters, became symbols of both democratic and feminist resistance…” —Ciara Nugent
Rita Moreno, 1961
“In her nearly 70-year career, Moreno has never stopped fighting against typecasting and for fair representation of Latinos… In 1962, she became the first Latina to win an Oscar, going on to take home an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony—a feat only 15 entertainers have ever accomplished. She’s one of 24 to win what’s called the Triple Crown of Acting, snagging competitive Academy, Emmy and Tony Awards. In 2020, she’ll serve as an executive producer on a remake of the film that launched her to fame nearly 60 years ago.” —Soledad O’Brien
Dolores Huerta, 1965
“Huerta launched the slogan “Sí, se puede” (“Yes, we can”) amid farmworker protests in Arizona in 1972 as a demonstration of her belief in the individual and collective power of workers. For female workers in particular, her role was transformative. At a time when less than 40% of women were in the workforce, Huerta insisted that they have an equal voice at work and in unions, elevated low-wage workers in the women’s movement and mentored young female activists across the country. To Huerta, women are never powerless victims, only leaders and authors of their own stories…” —Ai-jen Poo