Alicia Menendez is a Contributing Editor at Bustle; a co-host of Amanpour & Co., PBS’s late night interview program; and the co-creator and host of the Latina to Latina podcast. Previously, as an anchor and correspondent at Fusion TV, she launched an award-winning primetime talk show; co-moderated a 2016 presidential forum; reported from El Salvador, Guatemala, Jordan and Rwanda; and contributed reporting to ABC’s "Nightline" and "World News Tonight" as well as ABC’s Emmy-nominated 2014 Election Night coverage. She has also shared her spirited take on current events on "Good Morning America," "The Daily Show," "The View" and "This Week". Named “Broadcast Journalism’s New Gladiator” by Elle, “Ms. Millennial” by The Washington Post, and a “Content Queen” by Marie Claire, Alicia has quickly become a force in American media.

Can Democrats Get More White Women To Vote For Them? It’s Complicated

“What’s up with white women?” It was a popular question following the 2016 election, when Donald Trump won greater support among this demographic than Hillary Clinton. And it was revived following the midterm elections, as early data from exit polls…
By Alicia Menendez

If You're Asking If Young People Will Vote, You're Asking The Wrong Question

“Will young people turn out to vote?” And more to the point: “Will they sway the election?” It’s a perennial line of questioning, usually posited in a resigned tone that presumes the answer is, “No, they’re too busy drowning in student debt.” As…
By Alicia Menendez

Planned Parenthood's Leana Wen Gets Candid About Overcoming Self-Doubt & The Fights Ahead

On Wednesday, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced that Dr. Leana Wen will be the next president of Planned Parenthood. Wen, 35, will be the first millennial and the first doctor in nearly 50 years to helm the organization, and she…
By Alicia Menendez

Why Roe v. Wade Alone Isn't Mobilizing Young Women Against Trump's SCOTUS Nominee

As the confirmation hearings draw nearer for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, (who, if confirmed, would likely tip the court to the right), abortion rights activists argue that Roe v. Wade — and with it, the constitutional right to…
By Alicia Menendez

Patrisse Cullors Has Already Changed America, But There Are More Rules She Wants Broken

Patrisse Cullors is an organizer, artist, and freedom fighter. In 2013, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, Patrisse co-founded Black Lives Matter. As the movement to combat anti-Black racism grew, Patrisse's…
By Alicia Menendez

How The Families Belong Together Protests Previewed The Next Big Immigration Battle

On Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Miami Dade College’s Wolfson campus, rallying for hours under the sun. Their gathering was one of over 750 Families Belong Together protests nationwide, and had a singular purpose: To voice…
By Alicia Menendez

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Is A Master Of Must-See TV. He Told Us Why He Needs You.

It has been five months since America entered the era of Stormy Daniels, and Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ attorney, takes credit for keeping the spotlight on his client. “If it wasn't for me, very few people would be talking about Stormy Daniels right…
By Alicia Menendez

Cambridge Analytica Got Your Facebook Data. Its Former Exec Says You’re Still In Danger.

When Brittany Kaiser joins our video call from a white and gray conference room in the United Kingdom, she seems calm for someone who would soon testify in front of British parliament about her former employer, Cambridge Analytica. As former…
By Alicia Menendez

Jackie Cruz Is Done Letting Hollywood Put Her In A Box

When Jackie Cruz shows up at our Bustle studio, she greets every staff member with a big hug. We’ve been trying to find a date to get together for months, which is challenging when you’re as busy as Jackie Cruz. Orange Is the New Black is entering…
By Alicia Menendez

Why I Wanted To Make Bustle's New Podcast, 'Latina To Latina'

As a television host at a channel aimed at Latinx TV viewers, I interviewed a lot of Latina celebrities and newsmakers. In on-air interviews, we’d talk about their recent projects and the issues they were passionate about, and then, after the lights…
By Alicia Menendez

The REAL Reasons Trump’s Election Got Women Psyched To Run For Office Will Totally Surprise You

This year, a record number of women are running for office. What is motivating them to run? And what, if anything, is holding them back? In order to lift the veil on this historic wave of women, Bustle Trends Group, together with VoteRunLead, a…
By Alicia Menendez

What Teen Girls In Parkland Want You To Know, In Their Own Words

As millions of Americans marched in hundreds of demonstrations across the country, the communities closest to the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School flocked to Parkland, Florida’s March for Our Lives to show their support. David Guetta’s pop…
By Alicia Menendez

Young Republican Women Are Ready To Run & The Reasons Why Are SUPER Surprising

Jenifer Sarver, a Republican running for Congress in Texas, did not vote for Donald Trump. But she's eager, like so many other women in this country, to make her mark on the political world. "We're in a position where we could lose Republican women…
By Alicia Menendez

Millennials On SNAP Say Trump’s “Blue Apron” Boxes Humiliate Them (& Their Children)

Chelsea*, a 26-year-old nursing assistant and single mother in Pennsylvania, is one of the 42 million Americans who benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the national program formerly known as food stamps, that provides…
By Alicia Menendez

Can The Fight for Immigrant Rights Happen In Your Living Room?

Luz has cared for Amy's young children for two years.* But after Donald Trump's election, the relationship between the two women changed. Their conversations shifted from the kids' favorite toys and bedtimes, to discussions about immigration and the…
By Alicia Menendez

When Your Best Friend Is A DREAMer, Your Life Is Changed Forever, Too

This week, Congress will determine the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who came to the United States as minors, known as DREAMers. In September, the Trump administration announced that it was ending Deferred Action for Childhood…
By Alicia Menendez

Forget What You Know About Politics — Here’s How Women Will Switch It All Up In 2018

From the Women’s March to the #MeToo Movement, this year women drove monumental change. They organized in Facebook groups, on Twitter, and in protests across the country, redefining what activism looks like in the 21st century. Countless women came…
By Alicia Menendez

What Black Women Running For Office Are Up Against

“African-American women are the backbone of the Democratic Party,” an ecstatic Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, said not once, but twice on a press call Wednesday. Perez was stating the undeniable after 98 percent of black…
By Alicia Menendez

Alyssa Milano Plans To Run For Office. Until Then, She’s Running On Fire.

In 2034, don't be surprised if Alyssa Milano runs for U.S. Senate. But right now, the actor and activist is fending off attacks from the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. How does a celebrity tick off the head of a massive…
By Alicia Menendez

This Is What Life Is Like When Trump Gives You A Few Months To Get Out

Lys Isma has an organic chemistry final on Wednesday. Any other week, that might be the biggest source of stress for the 22-year-old Haitian immigrant and college student, but this week, her life has been turned upside down. On Monday, the…
By Alicia Menendez