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The 113th Congress includes 99 women, only 30 of whom are racial/ethnic minorities. Of those 30, only 10 are Latina. That means Latinas make up a little over one percent of Congress. This election cycle, though, women are poised for significant gains in representation, including record high numbers of racial/ethnic minority women.
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“The youngest people in this room need to be in the State Senate or the U.S. House on the way to the White House in 10 years,” announced Political Parity Chair Ambassador Swanee Hunt as she opened LatinasRepresent Boston. Her point is critical: as the Latino population rises with each census, we’re going to see an even larger Latina leadership gap if young women don’t jump into the candidate pool today.
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Our research shows that Latinas deal with additional barriers, intersecting gender and race. They also have tremendous opportunity for change.