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Jovita Idár

19th Amendment Outdoor Museum

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 20, 2021
1. Jovita Idár Marker
Inscription.  As a teacher, writer, editor, and activist, Idár preserved Mexican culture in South Texas and encouraged women to pursue an education and push for equal rights. While working as a journalist, she became the president of the newly-established League of Mexican Women La Liga Femenil Mexicanista in October 1911, an organization with a focus on the education of Mexican children, in Laredo to offer free education to Mexican children. In 1914, when she returned from her volunteer nursing work at the border, she began writing for El Progreso. An editorial published in El Progreso that criticized President Woodrow Wilson's order to dispatch U.S military troops to the Mexico-U.S. border had offended the Texas Rangers. The Rangers attempted to close El Progreso, but Idar blocked the entrance to the newspaper's office. When she was not at the newspaper's office one day, the Rangers returned to ransack it and to destroy the printing presses, effectively shutting down the newspaper.
 
Erected 2020 by Maren Conrad.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 20, 2021
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CommunicationsHispanic AmericansWomen. In addition, it is included in the Women's Suffrage 🗳️ series list.
 
Location. 38° 34.545′ N, 121° 28.889′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of K Street and 19th Street on K Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 K Street, Sacramento CA 95811, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jeannette Rankin (here, next to this marker); Julie Soderlund (here, next to this marker); Alice Dunbar Nelson (a few steps from this marker); Luella Johnston (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Margaret 'Mike' Chung (a few steps from this marker); Laura de Force Gordon (a few steps from this marker); Zitkála-Šá (a few steps from this marker); Mabel Ping-Hua Lee (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
More about this marker. This is one of nineteen markers that comprise the 19th Amendment Outdoor museum, erected in 2020 as part of the "I Vote" project, honoring suffragettes and their work.
 
Also see . . .
1. Jovita Idár (National Women's History Museum). "As a Mexican-American journalist, activist, and suffragist, Jovita Idár often faced dangerous situations. However, she never backed down from a
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challenge. She single-handedly protected her newspaper headquarters when the Texas Rangers came to shut it down, and crossed the border to serve as a nurse during the Mexican Revolution. Idár bravely fought the injustices in her time." (Submitted on April 22, 2021.) 

2. Overlooked No More: Jovita Idár, Who Promoted Rights of Mexican-Americans and Women (NYT, 8/7/20). (Submitted on April 22, 2021.)
3. Jovita Idar: Mexican American Activist and Journalist | Unladylike2020 | PBS (YouTube, 11 min.). (Submitted on April 22, 2021.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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