#Herstory: Firsts by Latinas in Pop Culture

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In our first installment of notable Latinas for Women’s History Month, we took a look at some groundbreaking ladies who have made #Herstory through their work as politicians and activists. Now we’re taking on pop culture. We can never get enough of our faves like Gloria Estefan and Selena, who put Latinas on the music map in the U.S. But we wanted to introduce you to some lesser known ladies who have had equally fabulous firsts.

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Dolores del Río

Often credited as the first Latin crossover actress in Hollywood in the 1920s, Dolores made a name for Latinas on the big screen. She took what she learned stateside and brought it back to Mexico, kicking off the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema from 1936 to 1959. She was instrumental in popularizing Mexican cinema throughout all of Latin America. And if you thought J.Lo was versatile, Dolores’ multi-faceted career spanned silent film, the first “talkies”, TV, and radio.

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