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Deborah Blanche as "La Nina" Nina Otero-Warren

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Educator, feminist, public welfare director, politician, businesswoman, she was all of these and more. Honored by her depiction on the US quarters series of 2022, she is best remembered for her role in securing passage of the women’s suffrage amendment by the New Mexico legislature. Afterward Nina wasted no time before tossing her chapeau into the ring and becoming the first woman in New Mexico to run for Congress. Born into two of the most influential families of the state ”Los Luna and Los Otero”, Nina moved to Santa Fe as a teenager and made it her home for a lifetime. Never timid about taking charge, she was superintendent of schools; an organizer of Santa Fe Fiesta, Indian Market, Spanish Colonial Arts Society; matriarch of her large family and hostess to her extensive social circle of artists, writers, historians, priests and politicians. Nina reminisces and confides, answers and disclaims, takes you back on the campaign trail of 1922, shares some of her post pandemic experiences, even tells stories from her book Old Spain in Our Southwest. Ever provocative she also raises questions about why women have not yet been written into the US Constitution; the inequities in health, labor and education for Native Americans and Hispanics; and the role of the arts, language and culture in education.

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