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LatinaLista — The state of the U.S. economy may be uncertain but the same can't be said for business women of color. According to the U.S. Census, businesses begun by women of color are "soaring" and growing at a faster rate than U.S. business growth overall.     The news is particularly good for Latinas. […]

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LatinaLista — The headline from the latest national poll targeting Latinos summed up the overall results of the survey as, “Poll of Latino families finds optimism despite many obstacles.” Yet, a deeper look into the findings reveals that there’s nothing optimistic for Latinas. The joint survey commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in partnership […]


LatinaLista — A new analysis from the Center for American Progress showcases the entrepreneurial spirit among women of color. According to the report, “How Women of Color Are Driving Entrepreneurship”, women of color are the “driving force behind business growth” in the nation. The report shows that 61 percent of women of color dream of […]


LatinaLista — There’s no debate that small business is driving the economic recovery of the nation but a new report in time for National Small Business week, and commissioned by American Express OPEN, titled 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, shows that businesswomen of color are doing their fair share of helping the economy. According […]


LatinaLista — As one viewer wrote on the YouTube page of the film Amazing Catfish: “Finally, a Mexican movie that is not about drug cartels or predictable and stupid jokes. I really wanna see this.” The Mexican-made film, with English subtitles, has been garnering awards since its release in Mexico. Premiering recently at the San […]


By Christopher Hooks Texas Observer For years, a specter hung over Ciudad Juárez. In the 1990s, the largest city on the Texas-Mexico border became infamous for its gruesome “femicides” — the murders of hundreds of women. The murders, held to be predominantly mysterious and sexual in nature, grew in the public’s imagination. Juárez developed an […]


By Mareshah Jackson Center for American Progress Latinas are a growing and influential constituency in the United States. The Latina share of the female population in the United States will increase from 16.4 percent today to 25.7 percent in 2050. Latinas are making significant strides in education, participation, health, and other areas, but there is […]


By Amy Tannenbaum National Women’s Law Center Today is Halloween and I’m likely dressed up as Rosie the Riveter – but more importantly, it’s the 35th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). The PDA amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include a prohibition on employment discrimination due to pregnancy, […]


By Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff LatinaLista We all know someone, in our families, at work, or a neighbor, who ignored a nagging health concern because they didn’t have health insurance, didn’t have the money, or for one reason or another, just couldn’t get to a doctor. Access to health care is an incredibly important issue for the […]

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LatinaLista — Farmwork is hard enough. Being a migrant farmworker — subjected to the whims of a “profit-first, workers-last” employer mentality can be life-threatening, but being a female migrant farmworker, well, there are no words to describe the horror of what that can mean. Add “undocumented” in the mix and for many women it means […]


By Mayela Sanchez Global Press Institute A group of mostly women remember victims of gender-based killings by embroidering their stories on handkerchiefs and displaying them at local demonstrations and events. There were more than 34,000 feminicides in Mexico from 1985 to 2009. Performing a traditional craft that requires time and patience, the embroiderers say they […]

LatinaLista — A casual GOOGLE search using the terms “lack of diversity” yields some disappointing headlines: 113th Congress: Lack of Diversity in the GOP is Reflected in Congress Lack of diversity in new Washington (State)legislature Lack of diversity among Ky. elected; both parties must do soul-searching FCC Study Shows Lack of Diversity in Station Ownership […]