Having command of Spanish and English means, for Latino women, a competitive advantage, several outstanding Hispanic figures from the political, activism and business spheres said Monday.
"Being bilingual is an incredible opportunity. I have two children and I'm concerned for both to speak Spanish as well as English, because that's going to help them in their professional careers just like it helped me," Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, told Efe.
The majority of female Latino leaders participating in the 25th anniversary of the National Hispana Leadership Institute in Washington agreed.
"There are occasions on which speaking Spanish has negative connotations and that makes the second generations want to distance themselves from the language of their parents," said Soto-Harmon, something that has to be "avoided at all costs," since it would mean "that the doors to infinite opportunities would close on them." READ MORE