literature

Gabriela Mistral

This weeks Illustrated Woman in History was submitted by Daniela Villarreal. It is featured in the Women’s History Month 2019 zine. Click here to buy.

Gabriela Mistral was the first female Latin American poet to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. She received it in 1945. The Nobel citation read:

“for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world “

Gabriela threw herself into her career as a writer and work in education. She became a published author – including volumes of poetry and articles about education. She played an important role in the educational systems of Mexico and Chile, was active in cultural committees of the League of Nations, and was Chilean consul in Naples, Madrid, and Lisbon.

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