American Latina Firsts in US Government

Politics: a process by which groups of people make collective decisions.

In 2012 women hold 90 of 535, 16% of seats in Congress; 72 of 317, 22% of statewide elective executive office positions.(Source)  Women in the US have not achieved equality. Do not be fooled. You have work to do.  The self entitled attitude of thinking that our mothers did enough is not only arrogant but dangerously self defeating.  If you want respect, stand up and be respected.  If you want rights, stand up and demand them.

"The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes." Bella Abzug


To celebrate Women's History month I would like to share a few of the intelligent women who are changing the world by being the first Latina women to occupy US government positions. 

2010
Governor Susana Martinez

Susana Martinez. A Republican, Martinez is the first female governor of New Mexico as well as the first female Hispanic governor in the United States.

 2009

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor. Sotomayor is the Court's 111th justice, its first Hispanic justice and its third female justice to serve on the Supreme Court. .

 2009

Hilda Solis

Hilda Solis, the first Latina Secretary of Labor.

2002
Sisters Linda & Loretta Sanchez

The election to Congress of Linda Sanchez (D-CA) in 2002 meant that for the first time, two sisters served together in the House. Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) was first elected to the House in 1996.


2001 
Sila Calderon

 Sila Calderon (Popular Democratic Party), former mayor of San Juan, became the first woman governor of Puerto Rico.

1990

 Antonia Novello
 
Antonia Novello. Novello is the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as Surgeon General


1989

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is currently the most senior Republican woman in the U.S. House, and was the first Republican woman elected to the House of Representatives from Florida. She is chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, effective 2011.

1971
Romana Acosta Bañuelos
Romana Acosta Bañuelos was the first Hispanic treasurer of the United States and owner of a multimillion-dollar business, Ramona's Mexican Food Products, Inc. headquartered in Gardena, California.



Can you find the similarities between these women and yourself or someone you know?  These are the faces of our community.  They were elected to represent us and our needs as American citizens. 


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"I think it's about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we've been voting for boobs long enough." Clarie Sargent


"Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We’re not inherently anything but human." Robin Morgan


"The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it." Roseanne Barr


"I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament." Alanis Morissette

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