Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
61 x 61 cm, Acrylic on Plywood
Artist: Christa Assad x Kevin Wickham
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Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (12 November 1648 - 17 April 1695)
For a woman living in the 1600’s, Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz was quite radical. An intellectual with many scholarly achievements by a young age, she was famous for having her own library in which she educated and established herself as philosopher, poet, and composer during México’s colonial period. She chose to become a nun so that she could study as she wished since she wanted “to have no fixed occupation which might curtail my freedom to study.” A protofeminist and a Hieronymite nun, she entertained the city’s intellectual elite in salon-style meetings held in her nun’s quarters, until she was eventually condemned by the Catholic church for her outspoken opinions. She was an early advocate for women’s rights and education.
Art Exhibition: Quien Calla, Otorga (Silence Means Conscent) celebrates women of México past and present. While some of those represented are controversial figures in history, all are undeniably powerful. Their strength inspires the next generation of young women to find their voices and use their minds for positive change..
Feminine energy is breaking out around the world. Women are taking control as political leaders and active fighters in the military and rebel groups. But while the number of current female leaders – excluding monarchs and figureheads – has more than doubled since 2000, most of the world’s nations have never been led by a woman (Pew Research Center, March 8, 2017). We are already familiar with what happens when men are in power. Male energy has led us to endless wars, to mass destruction and devastation of our planet and its natural resources, to genocide. It is time for change and for the feminine energy to take the lead.