Latin women are typically depicted in media as caramel skinned, limited- bodied, beautiful, curvy, and feisty. Figures such as Gloria in Modern Family, Carmen Miranda, and Ximena are just a few examples. When we hear the term “latina stereotype,” they are the girls that come to mind. They have a thick dialect, a gorgeous tone, and a peppery personality. Latinas are reduced to items and have limited potential due to this seductive, amazing myth.

16 young Latinas who participated in focus groups and semistructured interviews between November 2014 and June 2015 at two federally qualified health centers in Baltimore, Maryland, are the subjects of this article’s use of a social determinant of health ( Sdh) framework. A qualified, bilingual moderator conducted focus groups and interviews in either English or Spanish depending on the members’ language taste.

Three main themes emerged: Members shared a desire and ability to maximize their potentials through contraceptive organization, believed they were responsible for their families ‘ economic well-being, frequently anticipating the birth of their future children, and emphasized the importance of childbearing deferral in the pursuit of educational and professional objectives. These studies demonstrate how crucial it is to correct female prejudices to enable Latinas to reach their full potential. Translating these results into productive, calm- centered counseling by family planning providers can support the aspirations of adolescent Latinas and promote equity in health care access.