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Great Women of Mexico

History will reveal the many women who have helped their respective countries grow as a nation with their many contributions to the cultural, political and scientific wealth of their countries. 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. Native Mexicans will definitely know the women heroes of their country. If you are not, then take this time to appreciate what these women have done to make great changes in their country.

One of these influential women is Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a seventeenth century nun. Her main contributions were in the areas of feminism, writing, and poetry. Juana excelled in her studies as a child and soon decided that the life of a nun would give her a better environment to use her gifts. As a nun, she devoted her life to writing and studying literature, music, science, history, and theology. She was also known to have corresponded with personalities outside of the confines of her place. She was a great writer, being reputed as an extraordinary and controversial writer. 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. Long dead, her writing still continues to have cultural influence in the life of the country.

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. Suffering, however, did good to her since it became her inspiration for her now famous surrealist painting and self portraits. She is one of the greatest women artists in Mexico.

Caritina Galeana Gomez was a teacher when the literacy program began in Mexico. Gomez became the pioneer of women holding office in government, having won as city council representative in the mid 50s. Equality for women to be heard is what Gomez fought for, Her work has paved the way for new generations of Mexican women to run for political office.

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. 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. You can also take a trip to the east coast and visit the home of Caritina Galeana Gomez in Zihuatanejo.