Latin women are generally depicted in media as caramel skinned, tight- bodied, hot, shapely, and sassy. Characters such as Gloria in Modern Family, Carmen Miranda, and Ximena are just a few illustrations When we hear the term “latina stereotype,” they are the people we all associate with. They have a heavy dialect, a beautiful words, and a savory character. Latinas are reduced to things and have limited potential because of this seductive, unique notion.

16 young Latinas who participated in focus groups and semistructured interviews guatemalan girl 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 skilled, bilingual moderator conducted focus groups and interviews in either English or Spanish depending on the members’ language taste.

Three main themes emerged: Contributors shared a desire and capacity to maximize their potentials through contraceptive agency, 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 results demonstrate how crucial it is to address female stereotypes to enable Latinas to reach their full potential. Translating these results into successful, physician- centered counseling by family planning providers does support the aspirations of younger Latinas and promote equity in health care access.