A group of African American women (members of the "Smart Set Club") pose on a staircase
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Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Her story is your story.

Sandra Cisneros
I gave my word.
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Sandra Cisneros

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TO ME, Spanish is like a violin—clear and melodic. English is deeper, like a cello. My voice on the page comes from speaking Spanish and English. The punch-you-in-the-nose English is from my mom, the tender Spanish my father.

I found that voice when I began writing from a place of love. I wrote stories and poems that took me to my family and the things I saw in my community. I had never seen my home reproduced in a film, photograph or literature with love. So, I said, "Why don’t I write that story?"

Sandra Cisneros’ portrait is at the Smithsonian. It will be used to tell her story and other women’s stories of putting pen to paper to transform our national narrative.

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Photo: Sandra Cisneros, © Keith Dannemiller

Content: Laura Hambleton interview with Sandra Cisneros, 2018, Smithsonian 

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The American Women’s History Initiative will amplify women’s voices to honor the past, inform the present and inspire the future.

Bella Abzug (in hat), Betty Freidan (right, in trench coat) and Billie Jean King (far right) accompany torch relay runners into Houston, 1977. Unknown photographer; National Archives
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Bella Abzug (in hat), Betty Freidan (right, in trench coat) and Billie Jean King (far right) accompany torch relay runners into Houston, 1977. Unknown photographer; National Archives.