Bicameral Effort to Celebrate Latinas During Women’s History Month

Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) introduced a resolution last week to celebrate and recognize the heritage, culture, and contributions of Latinas during Women’s History Month. Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) introduced a companion resolution in the House. The resolution recognizes activist Dolores Huerta, EGOT winner Rita MorenoAntonia Novello -- the first female and first Hispanic Surgeon General, and musicians Selena and Celia Cruz, among others. “Throughout our nation’s history, the contributions of Latinas in science, the arts, medicine and many other fields have strengthened and enriched American society,” said Cortez Masto. “I want to honor the millions of Latinas whose contributions have made this country better, and celebrate those who blazed their own trails to inspire the next generation.” Menéndez said that at “a time when we find ourselves fighting against those who would turn back the clock on a half-century of progress on the rights of all women and communities of color in America, we must stand together to make certain Latinas are not once again left on the outside looking in on the major issues of the day.” Correa stated that he “introduced this resolution not only to honor Latinas but to inspire young Latinas.” See the resolution here.

Brenda Arredondo