Women's History Month: Pioneering journalist Jovita Idar

Women's History Month: Pioneering journalist Jovita Idar
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Jovita Idar was a pioneering Mexican-American female journalist.

She was born in 1885 in Laredo, Texas, into a family of journalists. She and her brothers worked for their father's newspaper, La Crónica, according to the University of Texas at Austin.

She wrote articles under a pseudonym and exposed the poor living conditions of Mexican-American workers and supported the Mexican Revolution.

She became a teacher and also the president of the Mexican Feminist League that advocated for free education for Tejano children.  The goals of her organization were to "unify the Mexican intellectuals of Texas around the issues of protection of civil rights, bilingual education, lynching of Mexicans, labor organizing and women's concerns," according to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States.

"Mexican children in Texas need an education…. There is no other means to do it but ourselves, so that we are not devalued and humiliated by the strangers who surround us," Idar once said.

She also was an advocate for women's rights.

"Working women know their rights and proudly rise to face the struggle. The hour of their degradation is past…. Women are no longer servants but rather the equals of men, companions to them," she also said.

Idar went on to work for other newspapers and also founded the weekly paper Evolución in November 1916. After a career as an activist, teacher and journalist, she died in 1946 in San Antonio.

Idar is a woman to remember this Women's History Month.

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