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Jovita Idár, second from right in 1914

Jovita Idár, second from right in 1914. Photo credit: Unknown author

October 4, 2023

Jovita Idar’s Fight for the Rights of Women and Mexican Immigrants

Ask students: What inspired Jovita Idar to transition from teaching to journalism? How did Jovita Idar's family play a role in her activism?

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For Hispanic Heritage Month, as part of our “Hidden Histories” series, we bring you the story of Jovita Idar, a journalist and activist who spent her life improving the lives of women and Mexican immigrants at the turn of the 20th century.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who was Jovita Idar?
  • What inspired Jovita Idar to transition from teaching to journalism?
  • How did Jovita Idar's family play a role in her activism?
  • Where was Jovita Idar born?
  • Why was Jovita Idar honored by the U.S. Mint with her own coin?

Focus Questions

How did Jovita Idar use her platform as a writer and editor for "La Cronica" to challenge racism and advocate for the rights of Mexican Americans?

Media Literacy: How and where could you find out more about Jovita Idar?

Extension Discussion

Discuss with a friend, neighbor or classmate — what were the key contributions of Jovita Idar to the Mexican American civil rights movement?

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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