Italian women are typically depicted in media as caramel skinned, tight- bodied, alluring, curvy, and feisty. Personas such as Gloria in Modern Family, Carmen Miranda, and Ximena are just a couple examples. When we hear the term “latina stereotype,” they are the girls that come to mind. They have a thick dialect, a beautiful speech, and a spicy personality. Latinas are reduced to things and have less potential because of this seductive, amazing stereotype.

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 trained, linguistic facilitator conducted focus groups and interviews in either English or Spanish based on individuals’ language preferences.

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