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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. This is very true in Mexico where many remarkable women have pushed the boundaries and helped to form what Mexico is today, a land whose culture is rich and varied. Native Mexicans will definitely know the women heroes of their country. 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. Here she made many of her writings and she also took time to study literature, music, science, history and theology. Her writing was not confined to herself but she made correspondences with known personalities in the outside world. She was a great writer, being reputed as an extraordinary and controversial writer. Her famous poem, You Foolish Men attacks the hypocritical attitudes of women while emphasizing women’s rights in a country know for 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 known for her surrealist paintings and as a leader of the feminist art movement of the twentieth century. 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. Although she had the ambition of becoming a doctor someday, her plans were cut short by an terrible accident that left her disabled and suffered pain for the rest of her life. 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. Her commitment was to fight for women to be heard as equal citizens. 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. if you have found these stories inspiring, then a visit to their native land would reinforce this knowledge in your mind. 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.