Latina Made Not Maid (LMNM) is a global non-profit organization that works towards changing Latina stereotypes. The LMNM Movement began with a web search, “Latina Made.” When these words were entered into the browser, it then suggested “Latina Maid” and our reaction prompted a need for a movement. This suggestion is alarming considering Latinas continue to overcome the odds by entering universities, politics, and opening businesses in record numbers.
Our mission is to expose and learn about Latina stereotypes and Latina biases. It is important for society to move past them to a fairer way of understanding different groups of people. By breaking these racially motivated stereotypes, we are creating a more positive path for individual success and overall well-being.
Co-Founders, Ana Martinez- Feliciano and Erika Hernandez, both of Latina descent, have been friends for 25 years. Together, they hope to pass along a message of appreciation to all Latinas, and most importantly, promote Latina success stories. They believe that Latina triumphs should not be undermined by stereotypes.
I am Dominican. I am an English Teacher, Writing Professor, a wife, and most importantly, a mother. I am a Latina that grew up in Washington Heights and Hudson County, NJ, spending every summer of my life in the Dominican Republic. My culture is a definitive part of who I am, but with all that said, I am also very American, and proud that that is a part of me as well. Being raised by a single mother, the odds were against me, but she always said to me, Your education is something that no one could ever take away from you which motivated me to finish college and go to graduate school. My advice for future generations of Latinas is be brave. Believe in yourself and know that you can do whatever you put your mind to, regardless of the obstacles that you feel are there.
I am Cuban, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a mother, and a very creative person! My family came here from Cuba for a better life and growing up in Hudson County, NJ showed me how strong our Cuban and Latino culture really is. My grandmother worked in a factory all her life, and my mother made sure to give me what she didn't have growing up. I inherited father's spirit to work hard, not quitting until what I want has been accomplished. I started my own business at 24 and ever since then my mantra has been I never lose, I either win or I learn. Along with my business, I also started a non-profit organization because giving back is my way of paying it forward. I believe everyone should follow their dreams at all costs and that is what I hope for all future generations of Latinas.