Thursday, May 10, 2012

On May 10

On this day in ...
...1902 (110 years ago today), Irene Silva Linares (right) was born in Cajamarca, Peru; eventually she moved to Lima to be educated at Colegio Sagrados Corazones. Married at age 20, Irene Silva Linares de Santolalla not only would give birth to 3 daughters and a son, but also would become a leader in Peru and beyond. (photo credit) In 1949, she founded and was the 1st president of the Peruvian Committee for Collaboration with the United Nations. She spearheaded the campaign for women's suffrage in Peru, and in 1956 became the 1st woman elected to the Peruvian Senate (8 women were elected to the legislature's lower house the same year). Linares de Santolalla died at age 90, on July 30, 1992, in Lima.

(Prior May 10 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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