“Gloria Molina, a groundbreaking Chicana leader in California state and local politics for more than 30 years, has died after a three-year struggle with cancer, her family announced. She was 74.
“Molina died on Sunday evening at her Mount Washington home, surrounded by her family, her daughter, Valentina Martinez, said in a statement.
“Molina, a Democrat, was the first Latina to serve in the state assembly, on the Los Angeles city council and on the Los Angeles county board of supervisors.
““It takes courage to be the first woman in the room and Gloria was the first woman and first Latina in nearly every room she was in,” Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles county supervisor, said in a tweet. “She didn’t just make space for herself – she opened the door to the rest of us. Women in politics in LA county owe a debt of gratitude to Gloria Molina.””
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