If you watched the Emmys this year, you’d be forgiven for thinking Latinas don’t exist. Not a single one of us made it on the broadcast, not as a nominee or a presenter. In fact, as a group, we’re the least represented on TV when compared to our numbers in the population. And when we do show up, we’re too often reduced to a stereotype — Sofia Vergara may be the highest-paid actor on television but her character on Modern Family is about as “spicy” as they come.
Thankfully, there’s a group of badass Latinas trying to change this. They’re writers and showrunners who are working to make sure Latinas are represented and represented authentically. Hollywood may have a certain type (straight, white, skinny), but these women aren’t letting that hold them back. They won’t be pigeonholed and represent a wide range of interests from prestige drama to children’s animation to network sitcoms.
Our favorite thing about these nine chingonas is that they’re working together. Many are part of the Untitled Latinx Project that works together to increase Latinx representation by Latinx creatives. They’re challenging an industry that for too long, thought one was enough — one Latinx, one woman, one black person, one LGBTQ person — when we knew one single example could never represent the diversity of experiences in any of those groups.
We love how these women are actively lifting each other up and felt it was time to lift them up in return! Share the love by following them on social and tuning into their latest projects.