Lawmakers Intro Resolution Recognizing Contributions of Latinas
Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Bob Menéndez (D-NJ)introduced a resolution today to honor the heritage, culture, and contributions of Latinas in the U.S. in a variety of fields while acknowledging the pervasive barriers that prevent their full recognition as equal members of society. There are nearly 28 million Latinas living in the U.S. -- one in every six women is Latina. They come from diverse cultures across North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, and Afro Latinas face disparities in recognition. They also make up an estimated 16% of women in the Armed Forces, and the first Latina became a general in the Marine Corps in 2006. “From engineering, to business, education and public service, Latinas are vital to our success in Nevada and America,” said Cortez Masto, the first Latina to serve in the Senate. “For generations, millions of Latinas –just like my mother Evangelina– have enriched our nation with their love of freedom, thirst for equality and opportunity, and unyielding belief in the American dream,” said Menéndez. “So long as the Trump Administration continues to attack us, I will keep using the strength and wisdom instilled in me by a Latina to raise my voice and stand up for what is right.” Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) introduced a companion resolution in the House. “Latinas have been making America better since our nation’s inception,” said Correa. “I am proud to reintroduce this resolution not only to honor Latinas but to inspire young Latinas. Because of these trailblazers, they have no limits.” More here.