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Vilma Martinez
By: Eliza D.
California, Grade 7



The person I chose to be on the women's list of honor roll is Vilma Martinez. Vilma first felt racial prejiduce at a very young age. The fact that she is a Mexican-American woman was used to dismiss her when she applied for college and her first job after graduating from college. In 1973, Vilma
Martinez tried to get to the top of the post of the fledging Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Her friends, however, tried to discourage her and said the job would be too difficult foer herespecially since she was a woman. Vilma was determined and succesful. in her nine years as MALDEF's president, she turned small civil rights organizations into significant institution that gives political and legal voice to those suffering from racial discrimination. She helped Latinos defend themselves when discriminatedand helped them get involved in things such as the census. Aside from all of this, she also helped in the Breast Cancer Association. I think that Vilma Martinez should be on the Women'a honor roll list for Women's History Month. She fought for what was right and wasn't afraid to speak her mind.She helped many people fight against racial discrimination for she has experienced it herself. She mainly helped Latinos, however, because she herself was mexican. I totally understand how she thinks racism is wrong. I myself am Mexican -American and an also Gueatemalen and can relate to her on that. Although I have never experienced racial discrimination, I imagine it must be horrible and is wronmg no matter what the situation is.That is why I think Vilma Martinez was such a great womanand should be appreciated during Women's History Month.




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