Dear Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, We Expect More From You

We have been notified by one our followers about the work that Ros-Lehtinen has done while in Congress. After receiving a thorough description, we have concluded the complexity of identity and politics, and how these two can overlap and become controversial. We are aware that Ros-Lentinen is not the most open-minded and has demonstrated problematic and discriminative behaviour. However, we thought instead of taking the post down, we wanted to open a discussion about how women are not always the most welcoming and that women too can also be as discriminatory as others. Ros-Lentinen would be a prime example of how women can be placed in a position of power, however can also neglect that position, by ineffectively utilizing their power to help ALL people. To Ilena Ros-Lehtinen we are aware you have made American History by being the first Latina elected into Congress, however you still have a long way to go and we expect more from you not because you are a woman, but because you are a Latina, immigrant, woman.

*Ros-Lehntinen has been removed from the WOTW segment

Meet the first ever Latina elected into congress, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Born in Havana, Cuba, she immigrated to America when she was seven years old. She has been elected for fourteen full terms and the lowest percentage she has ever recieved in congress was 58%. She was also the first Republican in congress to publicly support the passage of the marriage equality act. She was initially a teacher and principal,she wanted to “fight on the behalf of parents for a stronger educational system, lower taxes, and a brighter economic future.” She worked to ensure that over one- million Floridians were able to send their children to college, by introducing the Florida Prepaid College program, which helps students have tuition to attend college. She also advocates for veterans to have access to a college education when they return from tours of duty. She has spoken out against regimes not only in Cuba, but in Nicaragua and all over the world.

“It’s important to listen to your children, accept your children, and have your children know that you love them unconditionally. It’s not ‘I love you, but…’ there’s no ‘but.’ It’s just ‘I love you.’”

Source:

https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/ileana-ros-lehtinen

 

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