Jovita Idár (1885-1946)  


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In 1913, Idár began to travel with revolutionary forces in Mexico as a nurse. She returned to Laredo later that year and joined the staff of the newspaper El Progreso. When the paper published an editorial protesting President Woodrow Wilson's dispatch of United States troops to the border, Texas Rangers arrived to close them down. Idár stood in the doorway to keep them from entering. The Rangers returned the next day, sacked the offices and smashed the printing press. Nonetheless, Idár continued her writing and her activism.

While Idár is best known for her work in Laredo, she spent almost half of her life in San Antonio, where she continued to advocate for her community.  In 1917, Idár married Bartolo Juárez. The couple moved to San Antonio in 1921, where she became active in the Democratic Party. Here she continued to speak out for women's equal rights. She established a free kindergarten, worked as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking patients at Robert B. Green hospital, and was an editor and writer for El Heraldo Cristiano, a publication of the Rio Grande Conference of the Methodist Church. She died in San Antonio in 1946. 

"Working women know their rights and proudly rise to face the struggle. The hour of their degradation has passed...They are no longer men’s servants but their equals, their partners.”
— Jovita Idár in “Debejamos trabajar,” La Crónica, December 7, 1911