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María de la Cruz Toledo (1912-1995) was a Chilean journalist and activist, devoting much of her efforts to achieving women’s suffrage in her country. In 1953, she became the first woman elected to the Chilean Senate.

As a journalist, she had a radio programme in which she argued for the active participation of women in the political life of the state, and also coordinated a magazine called Luz y Sombra. In 1946 she formed the Feminine Party of Chile, and her efforts were rewarded three years later, when Chile achieved universal suffrage.