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A new generation of feminists

- via USA Today

Jaime Puente is a first-year graduate student working on a master’s degree in Mexican-American studies. He’s also a feminist, a blogger and an example of how today’s feminist movement might startle its suffragette ancestors.

“The things I blog about are definitely from a feminist perspective,” says Puente, 29, of the University of Texas in Austin.

Although his parents didn’t use the term “feminism,” Puente says he and his sisters got a clear message. “One of the things my mom was always telling my sisters is ‘You don’t need a man in your life to do anything — to tell you what to do, to support you or provide for you. You can do it all yourself.’ ”

And his family has always worked in the community. “That’s my foundation in feminism,” he says. “Even though they may not have used the words, now that I have the language to describe it and discuss it, that’s what it was.”

Puente is among the faces of a new feminism and is one of those who commented online after a recent USA TODAY story about how feminism has changed since the founding of the National Organization for Women 45 years ago.

Read more at USA Today.


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About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. jennifer says:

    a Master’s in Mexican-American studies!?!? I can’t imagine a more useless major…..good luck finding a job having a degree in Mexican-American studies!!

  2. Jasmine says:

    I just looked up his blog, it is pretty interesting. This is definitely something people should be reading since they are overloaded with negative images and stereotypes of woman ALL day in every form of entertainment, media, etc.

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