Hispanic Heritage Month:
September 30, 2013
Name: Jovita Idár
Birth, death: Sept. 7, 1885 - June 15, 1946
Birthplace: Laredo, Texas
Jovita Idár was a journalist who reported discrimination against Mexican children and the lynchings of Mexicans by Texas Rangers for her father's newspaper, La Crónica, for which she wrote under a pseudonym. She also exposed the poor living conditions of Mexican-American workers and supported the Mexican Revolution, according to the Texas State Historical Association.
During the revolution, she worked with La Cruz Blanca, the White Cross, to nurse the wounded on both sides, according to the National Women's History Project.
In 1911, Idár and her family organized a large educational and cultural conference, El Primer Congreso Mexicanisto, or the First Mexican Congress, and she was its first president, according to Scholastic.com. She also helped found La Liga Femenil Mexcanista, or the League of Mexican Women, which focused its work on education for poor children.
Throughout her life, she was active in causes important to Mexican-Americans, as an interpreter, journalist and educator.