jovita idar

Jovita Idár (1885-1946) was an important figure in the struggle to advance the rights of Mexican-Americans in the United States. Working for the newspaper La Crónica, she exposed the poor living conditions and subpar treatment of Mexican workers and supported the 1910 Mexican Revolution.


She was the first president of the League of Mexican Women, founded in 1911 with the purpose of offering free education to Mexican children. The organization grew into a charity that provided food and clothing to countless disadvantaged people around Texas.

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Jovita Idár (1885–1946)

Journalist Idár reported discrimination against Mexican children and the lynchings of Mexicans by Texas Rangers for her father’s newspaper, La Cronica. In 1911, she co-founded La Liga Femenil Mexicanista (The League of Mexican Women) and was its first president. The women formed free schools for Mexican children and provided necessities for the poor. During the Mexican Revolution, Idár organized La Cruz Blanca (the White Cross) to nurse the wounded on both sides.

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Women’s History Minute: Jovita Idar