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Ileana Jimenez: A Woman Making History

March 4, 2010

30 Women Making History In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month, Women’s Media Center is profiling 30 extraordinary women making history.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support WMC Exclusives — every dollar raised will go directly toward hiring women writers to comment on major news stories and report topics often neglected by the mainstream media. Will you contribute $30? Click here to donate: or text WOMEN to 50555 to make a $10 donation. Ileana Jimenez: A Woman Making History by Rachell Arteaga I met Ileana Jimenez when she went through our Progressive Women’s Voices training program and she has been an inspiration for me ever since (check out the fabulous piece on her experience of the program in the Huffington Post.   She is an educator and activist serving as an inspiring and steadfast voice for social justice in education.  Ileana is making history today by educating the future. A passionate advocate for diversity in education, she currently a teaches courses on feminism, Latina/o literature, LGBT literature and film, and memoir writing at the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) in New York City.  These important topics are virtually left out of K-12 education and Ileana is shifting the conversation through the courses she teaches every day. Outside of the classroom she was named one of the 40 Women of Stonewall by the Stonewall Foundation for her work in social responsibility, philanthropy, and activism. In addition, she frequently leads presentations on inclusive curriculum and diversity at conferences for educators of color and is the founder of the New York LGBT Independent School Educators Group, providing educators professional development and networking opportunities. Make sure to check out her blog which expands the discussion of social justice education to those in the K-12 sector.  She explores an array of topics, from students of color in higher education, taking a feminist curriculum into the classroom and even includes an interview with Rachel Maddow, who spoke to Ileana’s class. As someone who is passionate about education personally, Ileana is an inspiration for me and one of the 30 Women Making History. Make sure you check back every day to read about another amazing woman.