latinasWe rule all day--every day, but 2016 has been an especially amazing year to be Latina. We have been changing the world for the best by breaking barriers and glass ceilings. Justice Sonia Sotomayor and comedian Melissa Villaseñor are just some of the Latinas making us proud and ruling 2016--so far. In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, check out the other powerful women who seriously impress us. 

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor is set to receive the Hispanic Heritage Foundation's prestigious Leadership Award on September 22nd. 1

Justice Sonia Sotomayor is set to receive the Hispanic Heritage Foundation's prestigious Leadership Award on September 22nd.

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In June, she challenged the criminal justice system in several dissents protecting the Fourth Amendment rights. “It is no secret that people of color are disproportionate victims of this type of scrutiny,” she wrote. The Bronx native, who has been on the Supreme Court bench since 2009, was clear in her support for the Black Lives Matter movement.  

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Actress Miamian Suki Lopez taking over 'Sesame Street' as her character Nina. 2

Actress Miamian Suki Lopez taking over 'Sesame Street' as her character Nina.

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“I want to make sure that [my acting] comes across that I’m proud to be Latina, and [that if you’re Hispanic] you should be, too,” she shared with the New Times

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As a political director, Amanda Renteria is the highest-ranking Latina staff member on Hillary Clinton's campaign. 3

As a political director, Amanda Renteria is the highest-ranking Latina staff member on Hillary Clinton's campaign.

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She has no issue with getting real about Donald Trump either. She told The Daily News, "My 3-year-old, who probably speaks better Spanish than English, recently told me 'Donald Trump can't win.'"

Jennifer Lopez made Las Vegas box office history by earning $1 million in ticket sales in a single night. 4

Jennifer Lopez made Las Vegas box office history by earning $1 million in ticket sales in a single night.

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J.Lo also beat out Britney Spears' original box office record in Sin City.

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Lorella Praeli serves as Hillary Clinton's Latino Outreach Director and is a leader in her presidential campaign. 5

Lorella Praeli serves as Hillary Clinton's Latino Outreach Director and is a leader in her presidential campaign.

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The Peruvian DREAMer is pushing for immigration reform. She also served as the Advocacy and Policy Director for the immigration youth organization United We Dream. 

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Melissa Villaseñor being confirmed as the first Latina comedian to join the 'SNL' cast. 6

Melissa Villaseñor being confirmed as the first Latina comedian to join the 'SNL' cast.

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Her gig starts on October 1st and we can't wait to watch her in action!

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Laurie Hernandez winning gold and silver on the balance beam in Rio during the summer Olympics. 7

Laurie Hernandez winning gold and silver on the balance beam in Rio during the summer Olympics.

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Now she's showing off her dancing skills on DWTS.

Sofia Vergara nailing the highest-paid TV actress spot on 'Forbes' for the fifth year in a row. 8

Sofia Vergara nailing the highest-paid TV actress spot on 'Forbes' for the fifth year in a row.

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Her role on Modern Family and endorsement deals garnered $43 million.

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Plus-sized model Denise Bidot spreading her powerful message of body positivity. 9

Plus-sized model Denise Bidot spreading her powerful message of body positivity.

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She recently launched No Wrong Way To Be A Woman to inspire others to love themselves unconditionally. 

Jessica Alba's 'Honest' company being valued at $1.7 billion earlier this year. 10

Jessica Alba's 'Honest' company being valued at $1.7 billion earlier this year.

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Now the successful businesswoman is reportedly in talks to sell the company to Unilever for $1 billion.