While we can all agree that 2016 was somewhat of a hot mess, it never stopped each of these Latinas from trailblazing in their own right. This year, these women wrote books, carved spaces for themselves in history, took important positions at The White House and did everything they could to make a name for themselves and their cultures.
Ahead, check out these incredible accomplishments by women who make us proud to be Latina.
1. LWDI: Julissa Arce
Arce took the world by storm this year with her powerful memoir, "My (Underground) American Dream." In her book, she opened up about her experience growing up and working as an undocumented executive on Wall Street.
4. LWDI: Joanna Hausmann
Hausmann isn't just making the Latinx community laugh with culturally relevant jokes — she's also making them think. Her videos and social content often aim to inform her audience about everything from her native Venezuela's political crisis to what it means to her to identify as a Jewtina. This year, she also landed a spot as an official correspondant on Bill Nye's new series, "Bill Nye Saves the World," which we look forward to watching on Netflix in 2017.
5. LWDI: Gabby Rivera
This year, Rivera has helped build a space for young queer Latinas with her writing. With her debut YA novel "Juliet Takes a Breath," she is heightening representation of LGBTQ Latinas in literature. Also in 2016, the Boricua announced that she will be writing the story of "America," Marvel's first queer Latina superhero series.
6. LWDI: Wendy Carrillo
7. LWDI: Raffi Freedman-Gurspan
Freedman-Gurspan made history this year as the White House's first trans Latina LGBT liason. As the outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel and associate director for public engagement, the hondureña is the point person for LGBT groups on all issues.
8. LWDI: Sarai Gonzalez
This 11-year-old girl stole the hearts of millions this year when she made her debut in Bomba Estereo's music video "Soy Yo." She inspired brown girls everywhere to brush off the haters and just be themselves.
9. LWDI: Tanzina Vega
As the CNN national reporter on race and inequality, this Puerto Rican knows how to spot injustices when she sees them. This is exactly why she recently published a thoughtful article on "How Newsrooms Can Be So White," where she expanded on her own experience being Latina at The New York Times. She also challenged companies by giving them concrete steps as to how brands can diversify their offices and give journalists of color a chance to grow.