Jovita Idar championed for Mexican-Americans as a journalist, teacher and activist. She fought for equality and education in the early 1900s. Idar wasn’t afraid to stand up to violent thugs as outlined in this piece from the New York Times
Idár believed in a kind of cultural redemption of la raza, a term widely used to refer to Mexicans and other Latinos. She believed that the poor living on both sides of the border could be uplifted by education and empowerment.
“She was ahead of her time, fighting against the erasure of their history” as well as “celebrating that nobody should feel threatened by the power of women,” Gabriela González, an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio who is working on a biography of Idár, said in a phone interview.
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