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Full disclosure: I do not speak Spanish. Growing up in McAllen, Texas, I understand the language to a degree of absolute confidence, yet I rarely attempt to speak Spanish aloud.

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TK Tunchez, Nancy Flores, Gabriela Bucio, Candace Perez, Reyna and Maritza Vazquez are just a few Hispanic women leaving their mark on the city. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

Just in time for the weather to cool down in perpetually hot Austin, National Hispanic Heritage Month is kicking off today through Oct. 15 and this city has some women to thank.

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