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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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. 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 frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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