Thinker of the Week: Sor Juana


Full Name: Juana Ines de Asbaje y Ramirez de Santillana

Born: 1651

Died: 1695

Hometown: San Miguel de Nepantla, New Spain

Fave Subjects: Art and Beauty, Minds and Bodies, Freedom, Equality, Education

Career Highlights:

  • able to read, write and do math by age 5
  • attended high school classes disguised as a boy, until she was kicked out, but still impressed scholars with her intelligent answers to questions
  • taught Latin as a teenager
  • defended the rights of women to education
  • had a city in Mexico named after her
  • has her image on Mexican money

Big Question:

Why shouldn’t girls and women get the same education as boys and men?

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