They maybe considered as weaker beings, but with their determination, these women have managed to change the course of history. Here are few of the Latin American women who have worked hard day and night and managed to engrave their names in the books of history!
So many have oppressed women since the start of the times, so many have buried them alive. Their rights neglected, their choices dismissed. In many parts of the world, women are not even given the basic human rights that men enjoy. Yet, these obstinate creatures, never stopped, they became more determined with every injustice, every derogatory remark, with every obstacle they faced and managed to accomplish so many things in life! Take a look at how some of the women changed the history of the world forever!
Rigoberta Menchú, a brave women, is Guatemalan human rights activist. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her fight to defend indigenous and human rights in her country.
Dandara was a Brazilian warrior who knew capoeira and fought many battles to defend Palmares (present-day Alagoas, Brazil), a place where slaves who managed to escape, would settle. Not much is known about her life, but she had a big role in the fight against slavery in colonial Brazil. She was also the wife of Zumbi, one of Brazil's of anti-slavery pioneers.
She was an important figure in South America's fight for independence and Simon Bolivar's lover. She was known as the "Libertadora del libertador" (the liberator's liberator) after saving Bolivar from an assassination attempt. Manuela confronted the men trying to kill Bolviar, while he fled through a window.
She is one of Argentina's most beloved, yet controversial figures. She was first lady of Argentina and played an important role in granting Argentine women the right to vote in 1947, and getting more women involved in politics.
She was the heroine of the independence of Upper Peru (present day Bolivia). After her husband's death, she took control of the troops and achieved significant military victories.
She made an impact in the world as being a talented pianist. She was only nine years old when she performed her first concert in New York. She would later play at the White House for President Abraham Lincoln.
Hermila Galindo was a pioneer in the feminist movement in Mexico, and made defending women's rights the basis of her political career. She founded the feminist seminar The Modern Woman, which promoted the development of women and defended their position in the social structure. She fought for secular education, sex education and women's right to exercise their sexuality.
The Mirabal sisters (Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa) courageously opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. They never gave up the fight dictatorship until the day they were assassinated by orders of Trujillo. Trujillo thought getting rid of the sisters would benefit him, but things didn't go as he planned. Their assassination angered Dominicans and it is believed it contributed to the assassination of Trujillo one year later.
Not one, but Damas de Blanco is a whole Cuban movement led by women, that fights for the freedom of men and women who are unfairly imprisoned in Cuba. They were recently featured in a documentary by the Human Rights Foundation. They are also known as the ladies in white!
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who used art as a way to express her suffering and the physical struggles she endured after surviving a bus accident when she was 18 years old. In 1939 she exhibited her paintings in France after being invited by André Breton. One of her works becamethe first painting by a Mexican artist to be acquired by the Louvre Museum.
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