Latinas Poderosas, or Powerful Latinas in English, is the name of a platform developed by Kay Lopez to connect with a LatinX community on social media. She had once felt a lack of LatinX representation online, and has worked on changing that.
Congratulations on being chosen as one of our LatinX of Impact this year. How do you hope to continue to create impact in our community?
I hope to continue to impact our comunidad by amplifying the accomplishments we’ve made and are currently making. These accomplishments should expand across all industries, whether that is during speaking engagements, online, or when representing Latinas at different events, sharing our perspectives and vocalizing the need for equal representation, pay, and inclusion.
It is vital to see real women like us, what advice can you give to a woman who doubts her power?
My one piece of advice to a mujer that is doubting her poder is to remember that we are capable of anything, to be inspired My familia brings me ALEGRIA. As I get older, I’m getting by those who came before her. We Latinas back to basics and focusing on what makes life meaningful. come from generations of hard-working Sitting in my parent’s sala, catching up and laughing bring me people, who sacrificed and faced injustice, so much ALEGRIA. and because of them we are capable of anything.
Was there a key moment when you finally decided to own your power?
When I stepped away from a long-term, unhealthy relationship that was going nowhere. I realized then that a person can take many things away from you, but the two things that they will never take is your education and your drive.
Realizing this at 22 propelled me to complete my college education, pursue my dreams of working in New York City, mov- ing to New York on my own, landing a job at the top beauty company in the U.S., and then moving to Los Angeles. I hav- en’t stopped learning and chasing my dreams since.
What’s the main lesson 2019 taught you?
To keep going. Even when things are not going so well, some- thing better is always right around the corner. I moved to LA living in multiple Airbnb’s, taking the bus to get around, going on countless interviews where I received several “thank you, but we’ve decided to go with another candidate” e-mails. I almost gave up on my LA dream, but I’m still here, almost settled, and doing better.
What are you looking forward this 2020?
I am looking forward to grow Latinas Poderosas, speaking at more events, connecting with more mujeres, and fighting for our voice to be heard.
What brings you ALEGRIA?
My familia brings me ALEGRIA. As I get older, I’m getting back to basics and focusing on what makes life meaningful. Sitting in my parent’s sala, catching up and laughing brings me so much ALEGRIA.
What is a quote you love?
“Familia over todo” and “Más fuerte juntas que solas”.