Juana Inés de la Cruz

Painted by Miguel Cabrea, 1750.

Painted by Miguel Cabrea, 1750.

Juana Inés de la Cruz was born in San Miguel Nepantla, Tepetlixpa, Mexico on November 12, 1651 (d. April 17, 1695). She was a writer, a women’s rights activist and a nun. “She began her life as a nun in 1667 so that she could study at will. After taking her vows, Sor Juana read tirelessly and wrote plays and poetry, often challenging societal values and becoming an early proponent of women’s rights. Sor Juana is heralded for her Respuesta a Sor Filotea, which defends women’s rights to educational access, and is credited as the first published feminist of the New World.” (Source: www.biography.com)

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