With the confirmation of Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor earlier this week, Latina women earn yet one more ally in the Obama administration. From the beginning of her political career, Ms. Solis has been a strong defender of immigrants and of the reproductive rights of women, especially Latinas. In her eight years in Congress, she introduced legislation that attempted to prevent teen pregnancy in minority and immigrant communities, as well as supporting the Violence Against Women Act and repeatedly urging congress to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She is also a firm supporter of Griswold v. Conneticut and of Roe v. Wade, two key Supreme Court cases upholding the right to choose.
Although her presence in the House of Representatives will be missed by Latina reproductive justice activists, we celebrate her new position and the increased influence that it will grant her as she continues her work defending workers and immigrants, and therefore the lives of all Latinas.
Contributed by Bibiana Martinez, Community Mobilization Intern