MEXICO: A Woman's World

Mexicans believe in tradition, and no tradition is stronger than the annual Independence Day reading of the Grito de Dolores, Mexico's declaration of independence, inside the church in Guanajuato state where the revolution against

Spain began in 1810. By rule, the President himself reads the declaration, or entrusts it to a high-ranking Cabinet minister. Three weeks ago, when Independence Day came around once more. President Adolfo Lopez Mateos shattered tradition. For the first time in history, he had the Grito read by a woman: Amalia de Castillo Ledon, Mexico's leading feminist and the Under Secretary of Education for...

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