In Case You Missed It, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced a resolution celebrating the contributions of Latinas in the U.S. and pushing to address the barriers they face in the workforce.
By Julyssa Lopez, March 9, 2023
Over the weekend, the Grammy Museum launched an exhibition chronicling Shakira’s three-decade career, and just a few weeks ago, the U.S. Mint announced that Afro-Cuban trailblazer Celia Cruz will be featured on the U.S. quarter, making her the first Black Latina honored on American currency.
The contributions of Latinas, particularly in culture and entertainment, are hard to ignore — and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto wants to make sure they’re being recognized with the weight they deserve.
On Thursday, to coincide with Women’s History Month, she brought a resolution to the Senate floor, urging her colleagues to acknowledge the pivotal role Latinas play in sectors across society.
“To me, it was important that we continue to support and highlight Latinas and the contributions we have made to this country in so many areas, from our business to military, to science, to education, to the arts, to culture… Not only do we need to highlight who we are and what we have done, we need to recognize it for the next generation of Latinas,” Cortez Masto tells Rolling Stone.
For Cortez Masto, part of the resolution’s goal to create more visibility for younger Latinas today. She knows how important this is from personal experience: “[There are] these young women that have come up to me and are so excited,” she says. “They see in me a reflection of who they are. But I also know they’re thinking, ‘Oh, my God. If she can do it, I can do it, too.’ And I want them to think that.”
“It is important for those conversations to take place together,” Cortez Masto says. “There are still barriers. There’s still things that we have to fight for, for that equality, and this is part of it, not only honoring Latinos, but showing where we still need to go.”