Rigoberta Menchú, The First Guatemalan Woman to win the Nobel Prize

Rigoberta Menchú From Guatemala, was born on January 9, 1959. Being very young, Rigoberta got involved in social reform activities and participated in the women’s rights movement. The Menchu family was accused of participating in Guatemalan guerrilla activities, which resulted in Rigoberta losing several members of her family upon arrest, including her parents and brother. … Continue reading “Rigoberta Menchú, The First Guatemalan Woman to win the Nobel Prize”

Julieta Lanteri, the first woman to vote in Latin America

Julieta Lanteri Born in Italy on March 22, 1873 and Argentinian citizen. In 1911, Julieta became the first woman to vote in Latin America, even though women did not have the right to vote at that time. Julieta was also the first woman to graduate from the National School of La Plata, and in 1906 … Continue reading “Julieta Lanteri, the first woman to vote in Latin America”

Viola Desmond, The First Canadian Woman to Appear Alone on a Bank Note ($10 bill)

Viola Desmond She was born in Nova Scotia, Canada on July 6, 1914.  Viola grew up in a middle-class mixed-race family, one of ten children of James Albert and Gwendolin Irene DavisOne. When Viola graduated from high school,  she worked as a teacher in two racially-segregated schools for Black students. After that period, she was refused admittance … Continue reading “Viola Desmond, The First Canadian Woman to Appear Alone on a Bank Note ($10 bill)”

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