The Ms. Q&A: Voto Latino’s María Teresa Kumar on the Latino Vote, Disinformation and How to Combat it

The Latino vote was instrumental in putting Joe Biden in the White House and sending four new senators to Congress.

Ms. reporter Lisa Rabasca Roepe spoke with María Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino, about the organization’s early beginnings, how it used artificial intelligence (AI) to find new voters and the prevalence of disinformation in the Latino community.

Welcome To Washington: Nine New Feminist Women Join the U.S. House of Representatives

Nine new Democratic women have joined the 117th Congress. Two defeated male incumbents in their Democratic primary races. Four are women of color. Three flipped seats in the South from red to blue.

As a whole, they support paid family and medical leave, affordable quality child care, the Paycheck Fairness Act and LGBTQ equality, as well as ending the wage gap and raising wages for the largely female caregiving work force. Many see long-standing feminist economic empowerment policies, such as paid leave and universal child care, as pillars of a society that values care work and caregiving.