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Jovita Idar
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    (September 7, 1885-June 15, 1946)
    Born in Laredo, Texas
    Jovita Idar Vivero
    Journalist, educator, nurse, and activist
    Advocated for Mexican-Americans and Mexican immigrants
    Wrote for La Cronica (The Chronicle) and El Progreso (The Progress)
    President of the League of Mexican Women
    She resigned as a teacher.
    She got her newspaper job through her father.
    She is overshadowed by Ida B. Wells.
    She spoke out against lynchings of Mexican-Americans.
    She wrote articles supportive of women's suffrage.
    She served as a nurse during the Mexican Revolution.
    She and her family organized the First Mexican Congress to unify Mexicans across the border to fight injustice (1911).
    When she wrote an article protesting President Woodrow Wilson’s decision to send Unites States troops to the border, the Texas Rangers were sent to shut the El Progreso newspaper down.
    When the Rangers arrived, she courageously stood in front the door and refused to let them in, forcing them to turn around (although they returned and successfully shut it down the next morning).
    She remained committed to her community by opening a free kindergarten, serving as a Spanish translator at a local hospital, and teaching childcare and feminine hygiene.
    She said: 'When you educate a woman, you educate a family.'

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