Bold and Full: Juana Inés de la Cruz


Today's BOLD AND FULL feature is Juana Inés de la Cruz (12 November 1651 – 17 April 1695), a scholar and poet.


Juana Inés de la Cruz was born near Mexico City on November 12, 1651. She was born with a thirst for knowledge in a world that didn’t approve of women getting an education. But that couldn’t stop her. She wanted to learn to read and would often hide in her grandfather’s hacienda chapel, studying and reading his books.

Juana CREATED the life she desired by becoming a self-taught scholar and poet. She found any way she could to learn something new. By the age of five she could do accounts. By her teens, Juana had composed a poem on the Eucharist, become proficient in Greek logic, and begun teaching Latin to children. Poetry was always a passion of hers and she was an early influence on Mexican literature. Juana is an example of someone who never gave up. “I don’t study to know more, but to ignore less.”

Juana stood for women’s rights to education. She is an icon for Mexican heritage and her image is on Mexican currency today. Juana was dedicated, strong, and stood for her beliefs. How’s that for HUSTLE?

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