Jovita Idar



Jovita Idar: A Pioneering Mexican-American Activist

Born in 1885 in Laredo, Texas, to a family of activists, Jovita Idar was exposed to political and social activism from a young age. Her father, Nicasio Idar, was a newspaper editor and civil rights advocate, profoundly influencing her path.

As a teacher, Idar witnessed the poor conditions and discriminatory practices faced by Mexican-American students. This experience propelled her into journalism and activism, where she found a platform to address her community’s injustices.

Idar is best known for her work with “La Crónica,” a Spanish-language newspaper advocating for Mexican-American rights, including educational equality, economic justice, and political rights. She passionately wrote about the need for educational reforms, women’s rights, and against racial discrimination.

Her activism extended to organizing the first Mexican Congress in 1911 to unite Mexican Americans across Texas in the fight against injustice and inequality. Additionally, she played a significant role in the women’s suffrage movement, advocating for women’s right to vote and emphasizing the importance of Mexican-American women’s involvement.

One of her most notable acts of defiance was when she stood up to Texas Rangers attempting to shut down “La Crónica” for its criticism of U.S. government policies. Her action symbolized her commitment to freedom of speech and press.

Jovita Idar’s legacy is a testament to her courage, resilience, and dedication to justice and equality. Her impact on civil rights and her community continues to be honored and remembered.

Jovita Idar (1885-1946): A Pillar of Mexican-American History and Activism.


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Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 4.5 × 4 in





Materials: Marble

Variation options: Classic White Marble, Painted Bronze

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