A Woman to Know: Bertha Lutz

We, the Latin American women, shall have to do the next stage of battle for women. — Bertha Lutz

(image via Library of Congress)

She was a zoologist, a writer and *also* a pioneering leader of the Brazilian women’s movement that rocked the country at the turn of the century. Oh, and also, even after all that, Bertha led the activism that secured women's inclusion in the charter of the United Nations. A simple word in the 1948 Universal declaration of women's rights encapsulates her life’s work: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, *sex,* language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."

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