María de la Cruz
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.
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.