VIDEO: Federal Minimum Wage Hike–Solution or Problem on MSNBC

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How best to preserve our eroding middle class and grow it in the near future so more Americans can have opportunities to succeed? This question is at the heart of a decades long Washington political battle between Republicans and Democrats. At least since the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama has been referring to growing the middle class […]

Finito If You’ve Been Unemployed 6 Months+ ? On MSNBC

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I don’t have to read the data to know the answer. I just listen to person after person tell me one story after another: Viviana, I have an Ivy League degree under my belt. Once I switched from electrical engineering to public service, I haven’t been able to get a job. I’m trying to stop […]

Education: Is a College Degree a Path to Success or Debt Trap?

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Chicas, let me give you some sound advice: if you don’t have to, don’t go to college. As the default rate on student loans increases at an alarming rate, students are reconsidering their choice to attend a four-year institution. So should Latinas. I can already hear the weeping and gnashing of teeth: ¿Qué dices? What do you mean? […]

Career: Julie Chávez Rodríguez to Latinas, “¡Sí Se Puede!”

Career: Julie Chávez Rodríguez to Latinas, "¡Sí Se Puede!"

When you are an ambitious and/or successful Latina, you are a role model no matter what. That’s because despite our consolidation of power as an economic and political bloc, a gap remains, especially in terms of educational and career achievement. Simply put, there aren’t enough Hispanics in positions of power. That means that for the few […]

TWLC Money: 5 Savings Tips When You Don’t Make A Lot of Money

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With the exception of kids, I am no different than my driver last week or the female manager at the nearby Kinko’s: it is virtually impossible for these single moms and I to save money for retirement or the “rainy day” fund when we’re struggling to pay rent or put food on the table. Some of us […]

A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

Washington, DC I was one a few dozen people invited to an exclusive State of the Union Social at the White House with an “enhanced” speech. Staffers, interns, and techies made graphics for the TV monitor that illustrated with data key points parts of President Barack Obama’s address. Starting with the economy, Mr. Obama proposed […]

Univision Candidate Forum Big Loser? Not the Prez, Not the Guv, But the Commish on Presidential Debates

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Guest Hosts NPR's Tell Me More on day of "Obamacare" Ruling

Your humble Tweeter-in-Chief was glued to her computer screen to watch the Univision Candidates Forum and tweet out to the universo what Governor Romney on Wednesday followed by President Obama had to say. ¡Momento!  Aren’t there normally four debates, one each week of October, leading up to election day?  Indeed.  But the Commission for Presidential Debates […]

DNC 2012: President Obama Asks for Your Vote

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When Barack Obama took the stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC), he accepted his re-nomination for President, making the case for why Americans should re-elect him.  The signature Obama rhetoric that reached for the sky gave way to a speech grounded in policy of what has been done and what’s left to put the country back on […]