Why Women's History Month through a Latina Lens is Urgently Needed

webpages showing mostly white women during Women's History Month

Search “women’s history month” in an internet browser, and home page after home page on the list of results will feature these images: white women from the suffrage movement and beyond, occupying almost 100% of the space, despite only making up 59% of the U.S. population.

White women’s achievements deserve to be recognized, but so do non-white women.

For too long, this month has been commemorated through the lens of white women and their accomplishments. In no time in history, however, has anything been built through the labor of one group of women alone. In the United States and North America, Latinas have contributed to the development of culture and society in spectacular ways, and yet their brilliance often goes unrecognized.

When Latina accomplishments and contributions are erased and ignored, this doesn’t just diminish the historical significance of the individual, this hurts entire generations of Latinas, women, and all people who could have been inspired to achieve themselves or discover new innovative horizons.

At Luz Media, we don't just celebrate Latinas in the month of March, we do it every single day. We're talking about Alpha Latinas who are making waves in their communities, historic trailblazers that have paved the way for others, sharing stories that are personal to our culture and families, and shining a light on Latinas who are supporting each other.

But we don’t just highlight past and current Latinas. We also look to the future by highlighting people, organizations, and companies who are doing the work to help build a brighter future.

The #GOMujeres campaign, led by Hispanics in Philanthropy’s HIPGive and Gender Equity teams, is a perfect example of what every person as an individual can collectively do to promote women's rights and improve the lives of girls and women in the Americas. This initiative seeks to close the gap between those working on the front lines of women's rights and those who want to support the fight for equity by creating connections that strengthen sisterhood and help more women find their place in the movement.

As a media company that embraces and showcases the full spectrum of the Latina experience - the good, the bad, and everything in between. We know that being Latina isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. We come from different places, with different stories to tell. But one thing that unites us is the bond we share as Latinas, with all the cultural nuance that comes with it.

This Women's History Month, we’ll continue doing what we always do - delivering the stories of unapologetic Latinas who are breaking barriers, reaching beyond borders, and shattering stereotypes. If you see yourself finally represented and seen in our content, we hope you’ll be inspired to be unapologetically you because someone needs to see that and feel that inspiration too.

a side by side comparison of Tenochtitlan and present-day Mexico City

Journey back to 1518 and imagine Mexico-Tenochtitlan: a city rising from the Lake Texcoco bed, transforming into an impressive metropolis, home to over 200,000 individuals from diverse walks of life. With its strategic layout, the city reflected meticulous planning, marked by canals, walkways, and an array of impressive structures. Today, this grand city is known as Mexico City.

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