About Rosie Molinary

 

Rosie Molinary at Columbia

Author, speaker, and teacher, Rosie Molinary, MFA,  empowers women to embrace their authentic selves so they can live their passion and purpose and give their gifts to the world.

Rosie’s second book, Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance, was published in October 2010 by Seal Press.  Hijas Americanas, her book on Latina body image in America, was published by Seal Press in June 2007. In addition to writing, she teaches body image at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, offers workshops and retreats for women, and speaks on self-acceptance, body image, media literacy, the Latina experience, and social justice around the country.

In her free time, Rosie paints, enjoys the outdoors, obsesses over NFL football, and works on social justice issues in her community.  She helped found HAMMERS, a non-profit initiative to provide emergency home repair for low income families in her community, and Circle de Luz, a non-profit that radically empowers young Latinas by supporting their transformation through extensive mentoring, holistic programming and scholarship funds for further education.  Rosie lives in North Carolina.

44 responses to “About Rosie Molinary”

  1. Erin

    Love the website and the trailer!!!!!!! Congratulations again!!!
    You’re Awesome!

  2. Zulma

    Best of luck with the release of the book!

    It was great fun answering all the insightful questions, some required more time to answer and in doing so gave me a chance to analyze and reflect upon myself and in how being raised as an American-Latina has shaped my life.
    I truly thank you for letting me play a small role in this book and I can’t wait to read the final product, I know it will truly be an amazing experience!

  3. rosiemolinary

    Zulma, thanks so much for participating in the research. I am so glad that it was a useful exercise for you! If you weren’t able to participate in the research for the book, but are interested in what questions the interview and survey consisted of, you can find all the questions in the Appendix of the book. I encourage you to flip there when you get the book (hint!) and answer the questions for yourselves. Many women e-mailed me after participating in the research to say how useful reflecting on these issues had been for them. I felt the same way, too!

  4. Carmen

    I love the trailer, the cover of the book and the song used for the trailer. The whole time I kept thinking about my daughter, how beautiful she is, and how surprise she is when people tell her that. I can’t wait to get the book for her to read.
    thanks, Rosie, for this beautiful “mother’s day” gift.

  5. Sonia

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! It’s definately a book that I am going to make room in my schedule of diaper changes, housecleaning and feeding children to read! Let the revolution begin!

  6. Bert Molinary

    Congrats again. See you on the 8th.

  7. Yvette Gerlach

    The cover is beautiful, the trailer is touching and YOU are amazing! Congratulations – I can’t wait to have my own copy.

  8. Vivianna

    It was great talking to you – when you were doing interviews for the book. I learned so much about myself, discussing with you the perception of beauty as seen by ourselves and as seen by others.

    Thank you so much

  9. Hallie Pitkin Lawrence

    I just ordered 5 copies because I am so proud of you! Wow! I plan to share it with many, especially my teacher-friends & latina-friends in Dallas! Thank you Rosie for always being such an iinspiration to us all!

  10. Allison

    Congratulations Rosie on all of your wonderful accomplishments -especially the success of your first book! Sonia informed us about the Today Show on Friday and we can’t wait to watch you “shine.”

  11. Crystal Hernandez

    I Love It All !!!!! The M’ija of the month, Marisol, is my cousin. She does great and so do you. QUE VIVEN LAS HIJAS AMERICANAS!!!!!

  12. fightingwindmills

    Rosie, I got your book from Barnes and Noble about a month ago, but I just found this blog today. Thanks so much for having the courage to write on this theme. Your book was tremendous. I am recommending it to all of my women friends, latina or not! I’m currently writing about some of the same issues, ethnicity, body image, etc. on my new blog too. We have a lot in common, so check it out when you get the chance. Thanks!

  13. Terry Finley

    I just discovered your site.

    I like it. thanks

  14. Laura Whitener Caputo

    Rosie ~ I can’t say how proud I am of you. I have ordered the book and can’t wait to read it! Congratulations on your success…I always knew you would be “big.” Now…If I could just find that poem about young love you wrote that I thought was so wonderful!!! ;)

  15. rosiemolinary

    Laura Ann Whitener– what a wonderful surprise. Thanks so much for checking in– I think of you so often and have such fond memories of our years together in school. Hope you and your family are all doing well!

  16. Jenny Wright Hollis

    Rosie, I am told that someone by the name of “Ureka” says hello. ;)    I’ve spent the last hour reading your blog and about your many amazing accomplishments.  I am so happy for you!  I’ve just ordered your book and can’t wait to read it.  Please let me know if you ever get back to Columbia because I would love to see you.

  17. rosiemolinary

    Jenny,
    How good to hear from you! Do you know that I found all of Ureka’s notes not to long ago? Oh, I laughed. Shoot me an e-mail when you get a chance to let me know how your life is going. I plan to be in Columbia in September. Hope we can get together then! Much love, Rosie

  18. Linn Dukes

    HiI Rosie,

    It’s good to see that you are doing and looking so well. I found you on the Davidson website and saw that you had written a book. I read the excerpt from the book and found the passage to be quite touching and an honest portrayal of a lot of women who aren’t considered quite “American” enough. In any event, I live in Charlotte now with my husband, daughter, and pooch. I’m glad to see another Spring Valley / Davidsonian in the area. . .

  19. rosiemolinary

    Hey Linn! So good to hear from you and to know that you are doing well. Thanks so much for your nice thoughts! I hope to see you in Charlotte!

  20. Cecelia

    You do great work and I want to applaud you for that! :-)

  21. rosiemolinary

    Thanks so much, Cecelia! And I am so happy that you love your shirt!

  22. Kim

    Congratulations on all your sucess ! You are doing great things as if that is a surpise !

  23. rosiemolinary

    So good to see you stop by, Kim! Thanks for your kind words. Hope your world is great! Anita Datsun.

  24. Isabel

    Dear Rosie,
    My name is Isabel Pando, I am a new friend of your dear cousin, Evelyn Martinez, she knows I am a writer too, and she was kind to introduce me to your book, “Hijas Americanas” which I plan to read with utter delight, and will post a comment as I read along.
    Mil Felicidades y que la estrella de la rueda de la buena fortuna, siempre te acompane.
    Un abrazo.
    Isabel

    1. rosiemolinary

      Isabel, Thanks so much for stopping by the site! What a pleasure to “meet” you. Hope you’ll visit again! Con un abrazo fuerte, Rosie

  25. Melanie Player May

    Rosie! It is so good to “see” you and to read all your wonderful thoughts. I told Jenny today that I always knew you would grow up and make a positive difference on the world. Now that I know about the blog I will be sure to follow along. Love you

  26. Jo Anna Corales Rodgers

    If you would of asked me twenty five years ago what I thought Rosie Molinary would be when she grew up … I would of said… something great! If you would of asked me fifteen years ago what I thought Rosie Molinary would be after high school… I would of said something great! If you would of asked me yesterday what I thought Rosie Molinary was doing, I would of said… something great! Today, I find…. I was right all along! You have always been an amazing person, a leader, a devoted friend and a doer! In more way than you know, you have been inspiring people to see our inner beauties! Thanks, Rosie!

  27. rosiemolinary

    Thanks so much, Melanie and Jo Anna! I loved seeing your names pop up and am happy to be back in touch!

  28. Ashley Persons Hibbitts

    Me too, me too, I want in!! Hi precious Rosie! I have read incredible blog thanks to Jenny passing it on. I join the countless “old friends” that are SO VERY proud of our precious Rosie. You were and continue to be such an inspiration. God has blessed you with so many gifts and you are most certainly passing them on to benefit so many others. I will never forget that you were the first person I met when I moved to SC. Your friendly, welcoming smile lit up that room at EL Wright that day. As I know it is lighting up the lives of so many still today. I will be ordering one of the gorgeous necklaces for the Hijas. Love them, and love you!! Big hug to you my dear!!!

    1. rosiemolinary

      Thank you so much, Ashley. The memory of your first days at EL Wright are so clear to me– it was a delight to meet and get to know you. I hope you are doing well and please pass on hellos and love to all of your family. I’m so happy to be back in touch!

  29. Laura Whitener Caputo

    Can’t tell you how honored I am to be included on your amazing blog! Thank you!!!!!

  30. Darrell Scott

    Rosie! I’ve wondered about you for years! How could I forget my first wife? Looks as if you are doing well and I look forward to reading more of your work!

    1. rosiemolinary

      Darrell Scott! So good to hear from you- and you still make me laugh, even from a distance and after so many years. Hope life is treating you incredibly well. Don’t be a stranger!

  31. Ramona Holloway

    thanks for the kind words on my blog! when I grow up I want to write like you!

  32. Mary Carpenter Costello

    Rosie! I just found my way to your website, and I am so awed by the work that you’re doing. Your impact is going to be so far-reaching, and I can’t wait to follow it… And selfishly, I can’t wait for your next book to come out in October. It sounds amazing!

  33. rosiemolinary

    Sweet Mary! I was just thinking about you last week as I was going through the beautiful journal you gave me. Hope you are doing well and I am so happy to be reconnected. Thanks for your good wishes!

  34. Bivens Rinehart

    Hello, Rosie!
    My niece, Laura Caputo, has been keeping me abreast of your activiities; I am so proud of you and want to support your Circle of Luz organization. Do you ever do any sort of auction fundraiser? I do bead weaving jewelry making and would be happy to donate if you decide to do an auction. Also, if you would ever like for me to come work with your young women in learning the art of beading and jewelry making I would be honored to do that also. Just let me know!

  35. Mei Lee

    I LOVE YOUR BOOK! It is my best companion!!

  36. Lauren Brown Sigler

    Rosie,
    I’ve been following you through Laura Caputo. Just found out about this blog. May I add my congratulations and say that I am so impressed by your success and not one bit surprised! all the best to you!

  37. Marcus Jones

    Rosie:
    Good to see you!! I taught with you at Garringer HS in the late 90′s..I was the computer guy and helped out Reed Hilderbarand with the Atletic department.

    I don’t know if you know, but Kelly Ludden in now a principal in the Long Beach Unfied School District in California. Yvonne Carlton is teaching in the LBUSD also.

    Good to see your face again!

    Marcus

  38. Amy Levine

    Rosie,

    I’m a renowned sex coach and certified sexuality educator with a successful practice in NYC (www.igniteyourpleasure.com). Your book is a valuable tool to help empower women and help them love the skin they’re in! Thanks for the amazing resource! If you’re ever in NYC and want to do a workshop together, let me know.

    ~Amy

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