It starts with the old dicho, “Calladita me veo más bonita.” Now there’s an old salt that needed to be re-written. Calladita me veo más bonita is one of those dichos of subtle and not so subtle oppression that has been part of our Latina narrative for centuries. “You look prettier when you’re quiet.” Sit in the corner nodding and smiling while others with more authority have the floor. When someone says something that offends you, just smile and look pretty. That’s the nugget of wisdom encased in that dicho, and one that is probably pretty familiar to you if you grew up Latina.
You can imagine my joy when my sister, Lori, and I walked into the #WeAllGrow Latina Summit in Long, Beach last March, and saw banners emblazoned all over the space with “Calladitas No More.”
We laughed out loud when we saw it remembering our Tía Chiqui who says that every time someone asks her a question about politics. But times have changed for us, comadres, and we don’t need to be quiet any more. Seize the day–“Ahora es cuando.”
What does “Calladitas No More” mean to you? There are so many Latinas out there in our crazy world living the “Calladitas No More” life. Here are some of our favorites:
Calladitas No More is an empowering dicho to keep in mind every time you turn away from standing up for yourself and speaking your truth. You don’t have to do that anymore. You can stand up and speak out.
Please share with us some of your “Calladitas No More” moments.