Lisbet Henriquez 

Lisbet Henriquez- la nombre de una mujer that inspired me to learn that less is more, and more is less and no one cares about your excuses. She lives simply, streamlined, efficient, yet feminine, drenched in muted colors and too chic for you fashion forward lens. Very euro- very Bronx like a chameleon with the heart of a lion.

 I met her in the West Side of Course, on grant st (where real gangsters have been meeting real gangsters) since my grandfather’s butcher store was open. She was teaching English to refugees and new Americans, fitting for someone- who I would learn taught herself English at age 7. She told me she was a political science major and that did it. I knew we were going to become instant friends. She reminded me of myself frankly.


Because political science is defined as the branch of knowledge that deals with systems of government, the analysis of political activity and behavior.

 And any Latina who consciously chooses to study political science in my mind is a genius.


Lis and I both were done an injustice in our studies though, not taught about the history of women and or common folk. I always say I was taught the victors curriculum- the one where -it was told to us, all our Taino ancestors were killed and that colonization brought “progress” to our islands.


That’s not the true history. Lis being Dominican and me Puerto Rican – taught through the lens of separation, of our islands and our peoples. We weren’t told the Taino lived in both lands and creation stories said we emerged from caves in a sacred mountain on Hispaniola. Or that genetic studies show in Puerto Rico, that a high proportion of people have Amerindian mtDNA. Thus the taino survived. And their ideas and lives were expressed in art- left out of our text book.


History teaches us to separate ourselves, but unity is our strength as evidenced by the labor and women’s rights movements and activists likeLuisa Capetillo. Who changed the course of politics all across the Caribbean just by wearing pants in public! She went on to publish one of the first feminist thesis in Puerto Rico. Liz and I are political scientists who have a serious responsibility-to learn and re write our own histories of power. The new curriculum is based on the revolutionary idea: we survived thus we are the victors.


And what do they say- “To the Victor Go the Spoils”.


I’m just glad I don’t have to go at this alone. Lucky Liz matches her glamor with her grit.


Her quote “Be fearless about it.” Read her interview and you’ll see why she is.




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Lisbet Henriquez B.A.

Bronx, New York

“A person also needs intrinsic or extrinsic motivation to work towards those goals. This is where the community comes into play to remove systematic barriers of ableism, sexism, colorism, and xenophobia that discourage individuals from creating goals and prevents them from seeing themselves in positions that they can achieve to reach their full potential.”

Lizzy Rivera- Buffalo, New York 


"Greatest is not in where we stand but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it but sail we must and not drift nor lie at anchor." 

Migdalia Vias- Manhattan



"People Remember how you made them feel so treat others how you want to be treated, even when they don't deserve your kindness."

Jumirna Alcober Ramirez- Manhattan




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