Latinas are taking the lead in 2017.
America Ferrera is confirmed to chair the Artists' Committee for the upcoming Women's March in Washington. The march is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, directly following Donald Trump's inauguration. Ferrera will be working with organizers of the Women's March, including leaders Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez.
This certainly doesn't come as a surprise to anyone — Ferrera has been extremely active in the political scene, especially this past election cycle. She spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and has been active in encouraging Latinos to vote. She also chairs the artist coalition for Voto Latino and has attended political rallies across the country with the organization.
Despite being criticized for not being inclusive, the March's organizers have emphasized the diversity of the leadership. The march's goals will include addressing concerns of racial bias, access to gynecological services, environmental degradation, LGBTQ issues, harassment of Muslim Americans, the rights of immigrants and more. Leaders claim the event is "pro-women" rather than "anti-Trump."
According to the program's catalog, the march will be led by national recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, such as Gloria Steinem and Harry Belafonte. A spokesperson for Ferrera told BuzzFeed that the decision to join the march was the actress' own and she arranged it herself.