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Witness History: Mexico’s first female presidential hopeful


BBC World Service

TX Date

3rd Jul 2023

In 1982 human rights campaigner Rosario Ibarra became the first woman and first political outsider to stand for president in Mexico. Her presidential bid was a direct challenge to the country’s long-established male-dominated political system. Ibarra’s motivation to stand was both political and highly personal: she wanted to draw attention to the country’s ‘disappeared’ political prisoners, among them her own son. Mike Lanchin talks to her eldest daughter, Rosario Piedra.