Woman of the Day: Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Frida Khalo was a well known Mexican artist as well as a queer disabled revolutionary. Kahlo spent much of her early life bedridden and in agonizing pain. She contracted polio at a young age and was involved in a horrific bus accident when she was only 18 years old. However, it was during her long recovery that Kahlo found her love of art, in time developing her unique style that would become recognizable around the world. In 1922, she was among only 35 girls to enroll in Mexico City’s National Preparatory School, where she became involved in the school’s political and artistic circles. Her political awakening included a passion for Mexican identity because she saw how clearly her country struggled for an independent cultural identity. She never stopped using her voice and her art to fight for her country.