Mexican Women Worth Remembering

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. These women are well known to Mexican people. 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.

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was a seventeenth century nun who has influenced her country in many ways. Feminism, writing, and poetry were her main contributions. 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. Her writings were judged as extraordinary and controversial. Mexico was known for rampant prostitution at the time Juana wrote her famous poem entitled You Foolish Men where he attacks men’s wrong and hypocritical attitudes and emphasizes the rights of women. Long dead, her writing still continues to have cultural influence in the life of the country.

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. Her ambition of becoming a doctor was shattered by a terrible accident that left her disabled and suffering pain for the rest of the life. This, however, has been the inspiration of her surrealist paintings and self portraits. Mexico is proud to have a great painter in the person of Frida Kahlo.

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. 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.

These are just some of the greatest women of Mexico and 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. The hoteles en Veracruz is a great place to stay if you plan to visit the museums of Frida Kahlo and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. You can also visit the home of Critina Galeana Gomez in Zihuatenejo.