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We Didn’t Elect The First Woman President, But We Elected The First Latina Senator

With Donald Trump elected as president, many of us have woke up feeling discomfort, shock, despair, fear and disappointment. Although history was not made by electing a woman as president of the United States, history was made at a smaller scale. The first Latina has been elected to senate: Catherine Cortez Masto – our beacon of hope.

We didn’t elect the first woman president, but America made history by electing the first Latina senator – Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto.

Many thanks to our great President @BarackObama for joining us in Las Vegas today & reminding Nevada about what's at stake in this election. #NvSen

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 Yesssss queen!

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After last night’s results, Cortez Masto stresses, “As the first Latina senator I will use my seat at the table to fight for diversity.”


Being the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, Cortez Masto strongly believes that “we must pass comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship… Building walls is NOT the answer.”

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More than ever, Cortez Masto is also standing for the equality of women.


She firmly believes that “women should earn the same as men do for the same job.”

Catherine Cortez Masto has our back.

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Just as her supporters have her back.

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And despite everything, she has faith en seguir luchando.

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Because we cannot give up. ??

Now, more than ever, we have to raise our voices higher.

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And with Catherine Cortez Masto as our first Latina senator, we have a powerful chance.

Congratulations, senadora!

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READ: This Politician Could Make History And Become The First Latina Senator Ever

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This Year, Rising Latina Politicians Became Icons- Here’s A Look At The Most Empowering Women Set To Turn U.S. Politics On Its Head

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This Year, Rising Latina Politicians Became Icons- Here’s A Look At The Most Empowering Women Set To Turn U.S. Politics On Its Head

Politics have been on everyone’s mind ever since the 2016 election and, thankfully, things seem to be improving for Latinas running for office. Not only did a record number of women run for office in 2018 but the trend continued with wins and a record number of women heading to Congress next year. And, thankfully, Latinas made up some of those numbers.

You probably know all about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but did you know that there were 9 Latina political stars this year who made strides for all of us? Some of them won their elections and some lost but, overall, it’s been a good year. Here are the Latinas in politics that you need to know before the year is over.

1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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The 29-year-old Latina is definitely the breakout star of 2018 politics. The progressive candidate first made headlines when she shockingly won the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th congressional district. Today, the “100% people-funded” Congresswoman-elect is getting ready to take office in 2019. The issues she supports include immigration justice and abolishing ICE, gun control and an assault weapons ban, criminal justice reform, supporting LGBTQIA+ and more.

2. Veronica Escobar

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Escobar is the current member-elect of the United States House of Representatives for Texas’s 16th congressional district in El Paso. She made history in 2018 by becoming one of the two Texas Latinas to be the first to serve in Congress. She ran on a platform of immigration reform, improving veterans’ services, expanding access to affordable healthcare, protecting the environment and more. 

3. Sylvia Garcia

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The second Texas Latina to win Congress in 2018 is Garcia, who will be representing Texas’s 29th congressional district. “I’ve dedicated my life to my community and public service, and want to take my fight for working families, immigrant justice, women’s rights, and equity for all to Washington,” she said on Twitter earlier this year.

4. Guadalupe “Lupe” Valdez

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Although she did not ultimately win the 2018 Texas gubernatorial election against Republican opponent Greg Abbott, Valdez still made headlines for being the Democratic nominee. “From migrant farmworker to Captain in the U.S National Guard, federal agent to the very proud Sheriff of the good people of Dallas County, I’ve dedicated my life to defending Texans and I’m not done yet,” she said. Despite her loss, we’re hoping to see more from Valdez. As she said, she’s not done yet. 

5. Michelle Lujan Grisham

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Great news doesn’t just happen in Texas. Lujan Grisham is the current governor-elect of New Mexico, becoming not only the first Democratic woman to win the governor seat of NW but also the first Democratic Latina elected state chief executive in the history of the United States after replacing Susana Martinez, a Republican. She ran with Howie Morales as her Lieutenant Governor. 

6. Mary Sally Matiella

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With record numbers of women running for Congress, Matiella was one of those. She was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army, holding office from 2010 until 2014, and in 2018 ran as a Democrat to represent Arizona’s 2nd congressional district for the United States House of Representatives. Although she lost the primary to Ann Kirkpatrick, who went on to win the 2018 election, we’re hoping to see more from her in the coming years.

7. Lea Marquez Peterson

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The Republican nominee for Arizona’s 2nd congressional district was Marquez Peterson, winning the primary and running against Kirkpatrick in the general election. Although she did not ultimately win the seat it was still great to see another Latina candidate on the ballot. She continues to be active on Twitter and supporting her local community in Tuscon.

8. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

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Ecuadorean-American Mucarsel-Powell is another example of Latinas winning big in Congress in 2018 after she was elected to represent Florida’s 26th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. She made history in 2018 by becoming the first Ecuadorian-born person to be elected to the U.S. Congress, and she is the first Latina member born in South America and the first woman to represent her district. Oh, and she was endorsed by President Obama,

You know, NBD. 

9. Elizabeth Guzmán

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Although Guzmán was elected to the House of Delegates in Virginia back in 2017, she still deserves a spot on this 2018 list for two major reasons: Earlier this year, she delivered the Spanish response to the 2018 State of the Union Address. She also is taking part in the new initiative between the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators and Rutgers University called the Latinas Lead Initiative whose goal is to recruit and train Latinas for office.

“All of the Latinas who are running for local office, we didn’t know about each other. We all had our own campaign strategies,” Guzman said to NBC News. “Finding Latinas who are willing to help is important, to be there and take our success and failures. Trying to come up with a strategy. We are famous for working hard.”


Read: Latinas Are Rejoicing Over Indigenous ‘Roma’ Star Yalitza Aparicio’s Appearance On The Cover Of Vogue Mexico

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Here’s The Best Exercise For Your Body Type Based On Your Zodiac Sign

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Here’s The Best Exercise For Your Body Type Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Getting into shape is about as easy as resisting a free box of Krispy Kreme donuts. Yeah, it’s really, really, hard. And, it’s even harder when you feel like there’s no right sport out there for you.

Chances are, you just need to find the right kind of workout: one that’ll get your heart pumping, the sweat pouring, and leave you looking forward to next time! We’ve consulted your zodiac, and it turns out that there are still some unconventional exercises out there for you to try.

Read on to find out what you’ll be doing, next!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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If you’re an Aries, you need to do something that will really set your inner flame alight. You thrive on competition and adventure. As far as you’re concerned, when it comes to exercise, if there’s no thrill in it, why bother with it in the first place?

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Contact sports, like martial arts, are great for someone like you – from karate, to taekwondo, to boxing and mixed martial arts, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. With your fire-y attitude, Aries, you’ll be fighting like Jackie Chan in no time.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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Taurus, you’re known for your stamina, and endurance. Some might call it bull-headedness, but once you’ve committed to something, you’ve got the dedication to see it through. Being an earth sign, you’re at your peak when you exercise outside.

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Have you ever thought about playing Quidditch? Yes, it’s the same sport from Harry Potter. Quidditch for muggles is like a mix of football, dodgeball, and tag, all played on the one field, while the players keep a broom between their legs. It’s high time you gave it a try, Taurus, and embraced your inner witch.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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Your idea of exercise involves moving your mouth, Gemini. For you, exercise works best when you can socialise with everyone around you. Of course, it’s even more motivating when you can wrangle a buddy into coming with you, so you can work up a sweat together.

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That is why wife-carrying is perfect exercise for you, Gemini. It’s not complicated; it’s a sport that is exactly what it says on the tin. And, let’s face it, half of the battle is mental, with this one. It’s about being able to support your other half when you compete together. Gemini, with your gift of the gab, you’ll be in the perfect position to give your partner in crime that bolster they need to cross the finish line.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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Cancer, we know that you like to get in touch with your feelings, no matter what you do. And, your exercise routine is no exception. For you, exercise is really about experiencing the endorphin high that a good workout brings.

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Let’s face it, Cancer, the best way for you to burn those calories is to get hot and sweaty with another gorgeous soul in bed. A solid bonk ticks all the boxes for you. Exercise? Tick. Intimacy? Tick. Bragging rights over your newfound sex life? That’s a bonus.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Exercise for a Leo isn’t just about getting fit – it’s about the performance of it all. You’re confident, courageous, and you like showing that off. You’re all about being at the centre of attention, and that doesn’t change when you exercise. 

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Dancing fits you and your style, Leo. The more energetic, the better. For you, this could be as simple as bounding around the house, shaking it all out. Or, getting some structure into your routine and taking classes. The point is, you’ve got the energy and vivaciousness needed for showing off some serious moves.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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Virgo, you’re one organised soul. Exercise, for you, is about making sure it fits into your routine. If you were really honest, you don’t mind doing the same thing, day in, day out – as long as it gives you the results you’re looking for. After all, you’re a perfectionist at heart.

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As an earth sign, you’re pretty comfortable gardening. And, don’t get us wrong, we’re not just talking about just pulling out weeds. Hauling big plants, and shovelling mountains of dirt really gets you breaking a sweat! It also gets a routine going, since you’ll have to give your green babies attention every day. And, you’ll be seeing visible results in no time – both in your body, and in your rejuvenated garden.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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As the sign of the scales, you excel at balancing activities, Libra. You’ve got a sense of poise that some people can only dream of. You’re not too fussed over the competitive aspect to some sports, so you’re usually happy just working up a sweat.

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Libra, mountain biking is your style. More often than not, you’ll stay on the bike when other people would fall off. And, as an air sign, you’ll thrive on the fresh mountain air when you go biking.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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Scorpio, your ideal exercise routine incorporates some intensity. You like to get in touch with your competitive side when you’re getting sweaty. But, let’s face it, you’re really in your element when you embrace your more seductive side.

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Pole dancing incorporates everything you’re looking for in a workout, Scorpio. While most pole dancers make the art look easy, it’s anything but. You’ll start doing pole dancing for sexiness of it all, but stay to prove yourself in the championships.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

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Cheerful and optimistic are two words that best describe you, Sagittarius. And, part of maintaining that upbeat outlook is having a workout that makes you happy. Since you’re a free spirit with a lot of energy, you need an exercise routine that reflects that.

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The perfect way to work up a sweat for a Sagittarius is to go trampolining. Let’s face it, it’s hard to not feel happy after bounding your way through an exercise session.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

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As an earth sign, Capricorn, you thrive on competitiveness in your exercise routine. You’ve got the ability to endure, so for your workouts, you need something to make you break a sweat, and then continue to break a sweat. Your determination to succeed means that you’ll never let a hard session get the best of you.

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Have you ever tried zorbing, Capricorn? Some would describe it as an extreme sport – after all, it involves getting inside a gigantic plastic ball, and rolling your way to the finish line. It takes considerable strength to control where you want to go, and we know that you’ll be up for the challenge.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

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Aquarius, being the intellectual you are, you thrive most when your exercise routine engages both your body, and your brain. Your love of technology definitely influences your workouts. Variety is what keeps you engaged when you exercise – routines can kill your enthusiasm for getting fit. 

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The internet is your best friend when it comes to putting together an exercise program for you, Aquarius. We know that one day you’ll be scouring an app to get in touch with your inner yogi, and the next you’ll be firing up Youtube for a solid HIIT session.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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For Pisces, you need a workout that meshes with your sensitive personality. Since you’re drawn to taking care of the people around you, it means that you need to let off some steam more regularly than most. You benefit from the stress-relief exercise can give you when you’ve had a good session. 

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Being the sign of the fish, anything involving water is good exercise for a Pisces. Have you ever tried aquajogging? It says it all in the title – and it’s even popular enough to have its own world championships every year. Maybe we’ll see you there, one day!

So have you discovered a new way to tackle your exercise routine? Or, had you already found your own unconventional exercise to incorporate into your routine? Let us know on Facebook by clicking the icon at the top of the page!

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