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329 Celebrating Latina Leadership for Women’s History Month with Raquel Benavidez

On the Well Woman Show this week in celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, I interview Raquel Benavidez

Let’s talk a bit about International Women’s Day recognized each year on March 8. UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting women’s needs worldwide. UN Women recently called on investing in women as the best solution to face growing crises – really centering women in the solutions. In a news release from the United Nations, UN Women stated that in a year where almost half of the population lives in a country undergoing an election, this International Women’s Day is a crucial opportunity to define the future we want. As conflict, climate change and polarizing societies are eroding decades of progress in gender equality, UN Women is calling on “Invest in women: Accelerate Progress” to realize the gender equality dividend for all.

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Now, in celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Raquel Benavidez is on the show today. She’s an advocate and leader for Latina Equal Pay and CEO of Bien Loca Industries, a medical and recreational cultivation and processing company with delivery/distribution and retail licenses in New Mexico. On the show we discuss:

  1. The importance of self-awareness and discernment in embracing one’s unique identity while letting go of negative traits.
  2. Reevaluating competition, while advocating for women and addressing challenges women face in male-dominated fields.
  3. Fully embracing one’s unique perspectives and abilities without worrying what others think in order to effectively express oneself and one’s leadership.

For the full interview, including a deep dive into the Four Agreements work Raquel has been leading, listen to Episode 329 available on NPR podcasts tomorrow, 3/13.

Raquel recommended The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. ,and

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