‘I am a woman who stands up, a woman who looks at life and questions the rules and is determined to set my own unique course. I live my life as an example and want to inspire other women to do the same,’ This is what Sor Juana said to me when I first found her on a book shelf.
Sor Juana was born in the 17th century, a time when women in New Spain (now Mexico) were forbidden an education. She decided that she would enter a convent, so that she could be free to live her passion of learning. Almost entirely self-taught, she become a published author, composer, poet, teacher and scholar.
Let’s uncover our potentiality and build on the previous discoveries of the daring women who came before us. Three hundred and fifty years later we still need to defend what Sor Juana stood for; the intellectual freedom and self-determination of women. Her story is still our story as girls around the world, like Malala, courageously stand up for their right to be educated. “Educate a girl and you change the future.” – Rania al Abdullah (Queen Consort of Jordan)