“It is how most of us learn what is possible for us, what our place in the world is. Too often we have to spend so many years unlearning what culture has taught us about who we are or ought to be, but It doesn’t have to be that way. We can change that. Every single one of us we can leave the next generation with a better reflection of their innate worth and their inherent power simply by claiming and living in our own power”
America Ferrera is an actress, producer, and director. She is best known for starring in the show “Ugly Betty”. She has won awards such as a Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Award among others. She also along with her husband runs her own organization called HARNESS which is a community of people dedicated to provide education and engagement opportunities for groups and individuals who are advocating for social justice.
Q: You’ve said it’s important for people to see themselves on TV. Why? (New York Times)
A: Our writers aren’t sort of pulling issues from the headlines. They are mostly driven by the characters in the show. And this is where the real necessity for diversity is exemplified. It’s so that the storytelling is rich and compelling and relevant to today because that is what our world actually looks like. That is what our culture should be reflective of — all the different points of view and real-life experiences that one has as an American.