LULAC Statement on International Women’s Day
Washington, D.C. – Today marks International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. As one of the first national Latino civil rights organization in the country, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) continues its commitment to empower Latinas and close gender gaps.
“LULAC is proud to recognize the contributions of women to our families, communities, society, politics, education, and economy,” said Sindy Benavides, Chief Operating Officer for LULAC. “We want to shine the spotlight on the powerful Latinas who have fearlessly fought to advance women’s rights throughout history and empower those who will fight for our future. At a time when women’s and immigrant rights are being trampled on, we stand united to ensure that no one’s voice is silenced. Although we have much work ahead, we are moving in the right direction as more women run for office at historic record numbers. Over 570 women have declared their intention to run for the House, the Senate or governor. Our message is clear: we are watching and are turning our voices into political power and action.”
“The women of LULAC are dedicated to ensuring equal representation at the local, state and federal level,” said Lourdes Galvan, LULAC’s National Vice-President for Women. “Our organization has a long history of empowering women through advocacy, leadership training and economic development. Latinas throughout the country are the cornerstone of change in their families, communities and the workplace. We are committed to continuing our work to advance women’s rights and look forward to the upcoming 2018 LULAC National Women's Conference on July 17-18 in Phoenix, Arizona.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with over 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org