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Josefa Amar y Borb贸n

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Ethnic origin: White

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She wrote Discurso sobre la educaci贸n f铆sica y moral de las mujeres, 1790. She objected to the idea that girls should be attractive and obedient and expanded Feij贸o鈥檚 idea that with proper instruction women could be equal to men, to insist on their education. Zoraida V谩squez points out that Amar y Borb贸n was 鈥渓ess of an innovator than Feij贸o and Campomanes鈥 because she claimed that this prevented them from becoming 鈥渢rue human beings to the detriment of their husbands and children鈥 (Zoraida V谩squez, 20). Lavrin claims that she influenced Lizardi (Lavrin, 28).

Her Discurso was published in Madrid, by B. Cano in 1790. (Scott, 264)

Life Events

Other 1790She wrote in favour of education for women.


Arrom, Silvia Marina, (1985), The women of Mexico City, 1790-1857

Lavrin, Asunci贸n, (1978), Latin American Women: Historical Perspectives; Contributions in Women's Studies, No.3.

Yeager, Gertrude M. Series Editor: Maclachlan, William H. Beezley and Colin M., (1994), Confronting Change, Challenging Tradition: Women in Latin American History

Cevallos-Candua, Francisco Javier; Cole, Jeffrey A.; Scott, Nina M.; Su谩urez-Ara煤z, Nicomedes, (1994), Coded Encounters: Writing, Gender, and Ethnicity in Colonial Latin America

Davies, Catherine, Brewster, Claire and Owen, Hilary, (2006), South American Independence. Gender, Politics, Text


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