Profile of the Day: Eva Peron
On May 7, 1919, Eva Perón, one of the most influential women in South American history, was born in the rural village of Los Toldos, Argentina. With little-to-no money, she moved to the nation’s capital at the age of 15 to pursue a career as a model and actress. In 1945, she married Juan Perón, who became president of Argentina the following year. As the First Lady of Argentina, Eva used her position to fight for women’s suffrage and improve the lives of the poor. She was a powerful political influence during her husband’s presidency, and was given the title of “Spiritual Leader of the Nation” by the Argentine Congress. Adored by the people, the Argentine population referred to her by the affectionate nickname, “Evita.”
Although her life was cut short when she died of uterine cancer at the age of 33, her legacy continues to fascinate and inspire people around the world.
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