Great Women of Mexico
Women have played great roles in history and each country has their share of women to inspire them for their great contributions to their country’s cultural political, and scientific wealth. Mexico has its own share of great women who have done what was unthinkable for most women and have opened up a lot of new things in their way of life that has made Mexico what it is today. If you are Mexican, then you probably know who these women are. For those who are not Mexican and do not know these women, then now is your chance to see for yourself how these great women have worked to contribute something to influence their country for the better.
The first woman was a seventeenth century nun by the name of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. She was a feminist, writer, and poet and has contributed a lot of writings which remain today. As a child, she made good in school but later realized that being a nun would help her better make use of her gifts. Here she made many of her writings and she also took time to study literature, music, science, history and theology. She was also known to have corresponded with personalities outside of the confines of her place. She was also known to have written extraordinary and controversial pieces. Her famous poem, You Foolish Men attacks the hypocritical attitudes of women while emphasizing women’s rights in a country know for rampant prostitution. Now long gone, Juana’s writings continue to be an influence to Mexico’s cultural life.
Frida Kahlo is known for her surrealist paintings and as a leader of the feminist art movement of the twentieth century. She was a polio victim with a withered right leg and a spine and pelvis that were twisted. What promised to be a good profession as a doctor as shattered by a tragic accident that left her disabled and in chronic pain for years. But her sufferings proved to be beneficial because it inspired her surrealist painting and self portraits. Mexico is proud to have a great painter in the person of Frida Kahlo.
When the literacy program began in Mexico, one of its teachers was Caritina Galeana Gomez. She was the first woman in government, having been elected as a city council representative in the 50s. The rest of her life was committed to fighting for women’s rights to be heard as equal citizens. Because of her pioneering work, Mexican women of today are now holding political offices.
Thee are just three great Mexican women but there are a lot more. If you are interested to see the places where these women lived, then a visit to Mexico would be an interesting one. You can stay at the hoteles en Veracruz and visit the museums of Firda Kahlo and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, found between Veracruz and Mexico City. You can also visit the home of Critina Galeana Gomez in Zihuatenejo.