Olga Sánchez Cordero: A fighter for women’s rights in Mexico
Olga Sánchez Cordero, a Mexican senator and former Secretary of the Interior, has dedicated her life to advocating for women’s rights in a country where gender inequality is still pervasive. Born in 1947, Sánchez Cordero witnessed the discrimination and injustice faced by women from a young age, as her own mother was forced to abandon her studies when she got married.
Despite the constant support and encouragement from her mother to pursue her dreams, Sánchez Cordero faced numerous obstacles throughout her career. As a law student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, she became aware of the patriarchal structure of the country’s legal system, which granted men control over their wives’ lives and decisions.
After becoming a notary and practicing law for ten years, Sánchez Cordero was invited to join the Superior Court of Justice, where she worked to ensure that the court’s decisions were more inclusive and sensitive to the needs of families. However, she faced hostility and discrimination from her male colleagues, who resented her presence and saw her as a threat to their male-dominated club.
Sánchez Cordero continued to fight for women’s rights throughout her career, including during her time as Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice. She advocated for greater representation of women in the legal profession, and worked to ensure that women had access to legal resources and could present their cases fairly in court.
Despite the progress that has been made in recent years, Sánchez Cordero believes that much still needs to be done to address gender inequality in Mexico. She points to the fact that women are still subject to harsher sentences in court, and that violence against women remains a pervasive problem.
However, she remains optimistic and committed to the cause, and believes that change is possible if women continue to speak out and demand their rights. «I have been fighting for women’s rights for almost 57 years,» she says. «We still have a long way to go, but I believe that we can make a difference if we work together and never give up.»