Latinas are vastly underrepresented in U.S. government, and Emily's List, one of the largest organizations for women in politics, is starting a new initiative to help change that.
“As the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, we understand the power Latinas hold – at the ballot box and on the ballot itself. While Emily’s List has played a role in electing every Democratic Latina currently serving in Congress, we know we need to do more and now is the time,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, in a press release. “The stakes in this election could not be higher — for Latinas and for all of us. With Donald Trump leading the Republican fight to divide our nation and roll back opportunities for women, Latinas will not sit on the sidelines. Together, we will work to break down barriers, not build walls.”
The group has already established a national Latina Advisory Council, where leading Latinas in politics, business and civil rights services work together to get pro-choice democratic mujeres elected to public office by reaching out to voters.
But Emily's List is also endorsing several Latina politicians running for state and congressional seats, including dominicana Joseline Peña-Melnyk (MD-04), who is photographed above, mexicana Nanette Barragán and colombiana Annette Taddeo (FL-26).
“It’s time to make history and elect more Latina leaders who know how to deliver for working families,” Schriock said.
One of the council’s, which includes labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, first tasks: filling Senate minority leader Harry Reid’s soon-to-be-vacated seat with a Latina – more specifically, Catherine Cortez Masto.
“The Emily’s List Latina Advisory Council provides us an opportunity to help cultivate a new generation of feminists who will be the change agents and advocates on behalf of their communities. Congress will not fully do its job until it fully reflects the people it represents," Huerta said. “And Latinas, who only make up one percent of the serving members of Congress, are ready and willing to make their imprint at all levels of government with policies that will finally put women first. Si se puede!”