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. These women are well known to Mexican people. If you are not, then take this time to appreciate what these women have done to make great changes in their country.
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was a seventeenth century nun who has influenced her country in many ways. 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. Juana also wrote letters and other correspondences to known personalities of her time. She was also known to have written extraordinary and controversial pieces. A poem entitled You Foolish Men is one of her famous writings where she emphasized women’s rights and men’s wrong attitudes in the context of rampant prostitution. Even though Juana has been dead for a long time, her wirings continue to influence the cultural life of her country.
Frida Kahlo is a twentieth century surrealist painter and a forerunner of the feminist art movement. She was unfortunate to have suffered polio as a young child which left her with a twisted spine and pelvis, and withered right foot. 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. Suffering, however, did good to her since it became her inspiration for her now famous surrealist painting and self portraits. Mexico is proud to have a great painter in the person of Frida Kahlo.
Another great Mexican woman is Catirina Galeana Gomez, a teacher during the beginning of Mexico’s literacy program. 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.
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. If you want to visit the museums of Frida Kahlo and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz then you can stay at the hotels en Veracruz. Go also to Zihuatanejo where you can find the home of Caritina Galeana Gomez.
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