Latinas Make Up One Percent of All Elected Offices

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Women's political representation in the U.S. has always fallen far below that of men. Did you know out of 535 seats in Congress, women hold only 99 of those seats, making us a tiny 18 percent of Congress? And when it comes to Latinas, these numbers lag even further behind.

A new report released by the group LatinasRepresent (a partnership between Political Parity and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda) shows that Latinas account for only 1 percent of elected officials nationwide. Crazy, right?!

Here are a few more highlights from the report:

-Only 1 Latina has ever been elected governor (Susana Martinez, pictured)

-5 out of the 320 statewide executives across the country are Latina

-No Latina has ever been elected to the U.S. Senate

-Out of the 7,383 state senators and representatives, 78 are Latina

According to The Washington Post, LatinasRepresent is currently working to boost these numbers so that they show the demographic representation of Latinas who account for about 8 percent of the country’s population.

“Latinas in particular are largely absent at every level of government," Ambassador Swanee Hunt, chair for Political Parity, and Hector Sanchez, chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, wrote in the report.

“For a nation that prides itself on inclusion, that’s frankly unacceptable. Our very democracy is in question when our legislative bodies look nothing like the diverse constituencies of our country."

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Priscilla Rodriguez is Latina.com’s Associate Editor. She provides coverage on nearly every topic with a focus on celebrity entertainment. Before hitting the pavement at Latina, Priscilla worked for various outlets including Teen.com, InStyle and Us Weekly. You can follow her on Twitter @priscilrodrig.

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