Infographic Highlights Diversity Gap At The Emmy Awards

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Ready for a surprising fact? Since the Emmy Awards began in 1949, no woman of color has ever won Best Actress in a Drama Series, and only one Latina actress, America Ferrera, has ever won for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

An infographic released by Lee & Low Books investigated the staggering statistics about diversity at the Emmy Awards. The chart shows that in all categories people of color are vastly underrepresented. 

“At its core, lack of representation in the entertainment industry or any industry sends the message that people of color are invisible, or other, or not as valuable to our society,” a spokeswoman for Lee & Low told the Huffington Post.

“It is unacceptable that our media and art still send the message that people of color only exist in the background. Is that the message we want our children to absorb?,” the spokeswoman continued.

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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