Hillary Clinton has a message for young Latinas.
The Democratic nominee penned an open letter for the group in POPSUGAR Latina on Friday. In it, she celebrated milliannial Latinas for pursuing their dreams in activism and entrepreneurship and being guided by the trailblazing mujeres who came before us.
Still, the former secretary of state noted several barriers remaining in our way, from the gender pay gap and unpaid family leave to rising college debts and no clear pathway to citizenship for those who are undocumented.
She discussed her plans to help remedy these problems, like fighting to pass comprehensive immigration reform and making college tuition-free for working families and debt-free for everyone.
According to Clinton, to get to the solution, the country must take a cue from Latinos, who understand that “we are stronger together.”
“So let me be clear. Whether you're Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Afro-Latino . . . whether your family just arrived or has been here since before the United States even existed . . . you make our nation stronger, smarter, and more creative. You belong. And millions of your fellow Americans respect, value, and appreciate you. I am one of them,” she said.
To help take us there, Clinton encouraged Latinas to register to vote and make their voices heard in November’s presidential election.
“Millennials make up nearly half of Latino eligible voters in this election. This is your chance — your chance to shape America's future, your chance to stand up to racism and exclusion and say, 'This is my country too,’” she said. “So let's stand together. Let's show the world once and for all that, in America, love always trumps hate.”
Head over to POPSUGAR Latina to read Clinton’s full open letter. And, to read about the Democratic nominee’s plans to resolve the problems impacting Latinas more extensively, check out Latina’s Q&A with Clinton.