Mexican Women that Have Inspired Us
It is interesting to note that every country has their share of women who have made 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. Feminism, writing, and poetry were her main contributions. She was a good student as a young child but later on she decided to become a nun since she felt that that was the place where she can best use her gifts. While studying literature, music, science, history, and theology, she continued doing her writings while in the vocation that she chose. 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 a twentieth century surrealist painter and a forerunner of the feminist art movement. She led a life of suffering, having suffered polio at a very early age, which made her live a life with a withered right leg and a twisted spine and pelvis. 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. Kahlo is now one of the greatest artists in Mexico.
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. Her commitment was to fight for women to be heard as equal citizens. The women you see in Mexican politics today is a result of what Gomez started during her time.
These are just some of the greatest women of Mexico and there are a lot more. Visiting Mexico is one good way to add to your knowledge of where these women made their marks. 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 take a trip to the east coast and visit the home of Caritina Galeana Gomez in Zihuatanejo.