Mexican Women that Have Inspired Us
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. So it is with Mexico whose great women have made it what it is today by pushing the boundaries and opening new avenues of growth. 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. 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. Here she made many of her writings and she also took time to study literature, music, science, history and theology. 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. 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. 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 was a polio victim with a withered right leg and a spine and pelvis that were twisted. 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.
Another great Mexican woman is Catirina Galeana Gomez, a teacher during the beginning of Mexico’s literacy program. 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. 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. 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.