As we begin Hispanic Heritage month, we recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to succeed. To kick off the celebrations, we acknowledge Dr. Antonia Pantoja.
Dr. Antonia Pantoja (September 13, 1922 – May 24, 2002) was a Puerto Rican educator, social worker, feminist, civil rights leader, and the founder of ASPIRA, the Puerto Rican Forum, Boricua College, and Producir. Amongst numerous awards and recognitions in 1996, she was the first Puerto Rican woman to receive the American Presidential Medal of Freedom. A true trailblazer of her time, we are grateful for Dr. Antonia Pantoja's impact on many lives.