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Jovita Idár

Born in Laredo in 1885, journalist and activist Jovita Idár abandoned a teaching career to write for her father's weekly newspaper, La Crónica. Idár denounced the dismal social, educational, and economic conditions of Texas Mexicans. As an educated Tejana, she felt duty-bound to promote civil rights—including women's rights—and education. "Educate a woman," Idár often said, "and you educate a family."

Audio: Houston Public Media

Image: Detail from an image of Jovita Idár (middle) in the print shop of El Progreso, 1914. We Can Fly (Austin: Ellen C. Temple, 1983).