I was especially groggy this morning, having re-connected with a friend I haven't seen in years who recently moved back to Washington. We are kindred spirits, ruled--many times subverted--by our insatiable curiosity.
We gabbed late into a school night.
My cafecito hadn't kicked in when I logged on to find a slew of new Twitter followers. The list continues growing through the day. This is because the Huffington Post Latino Voices selected me, @VivianaHurtado, as one of the "Top 50 Latinos to Follow on Twitter," a list assembled by Pablo Manriquez who writes:
"Viviana Hurtado (@WiseLatinaClub): A self-described "Blogger-in-Chief/MMJ/PHD/Yalie/ World Traveler/Salsa Dancer/Runner/WannabeYogi/Golden Retriever Lover," I saw Hurtado moderate an excellent bilingual panel of wise Latinas from Latin America speaking on femicide. Hurtado is the best bilingual panel moderator in Latino affairs. Need a maestra to foment great discussion in Spanish and English? Hit her up!"
Manriquez is referring to the "Caught in the Crossfire: Women on the Frontlines in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala” panel I moderated with Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams.
For someone who hasn't gotten breaks, it was a surprise. For someone who felt silenced, then looked around and saw that she wasn't the only one, that millions of other Latinas are excluded, invisible, or don't count, this was validation. The Wise Latina Club is a labor of love, totally independent, funded sometimes by air, always by the hopes and dreams of women whose grit is the foundation for our better today and tomorrow.
I look across a daunting abyss between where we are and where we can be. Although one humble step ahead, so many are left. That's where I'm looking.
Also on the list are Univision Noticiero co-anchor @JorgeRamosNews, columnist @RubenNavarrette, @MariaHinojosa, relentless journalist who paved the way for those of us who followed, civil and labor rights living legend @DoloresHuerta, LATISM's Elianne Ramos aka @ERGeekGoddess, as well as fellow blogueras @LatinoPolitics' Adriana Maestras and @VivirLatino's Maegan Ortiz.
I am humbled to be in this company, a mix of leaders, advocates, mentors, friends, and competitors to whom I am grateful for keeping me fast and sharp, who kick me in the butt every time I want to throw in the towel, and don't allow me to settle by merely meeting expectations, but exceeding them.
Click here to read the "50 Top Latino Voices To Follow On Twitter" list as it appears in Huffington Post Latino Voices.