Evita “I demanded more rights for women because I know what women had to put up with.” (Eva Peron, n.d.) Eva, or Evita, Peron was one of the most influential people in Argentina and the rest of the world’s political history.
She wasn’t just the wife of Argentina’s president Juan Peron; she also was one the most important people for women. Starting off as a radio host she advocated for women. Then she met her husband at a fundraiser and her dreams became a reality. One of her and her husbands main campaign promises was to help with women’s rights. Within months of her husbands election she was already starting her first project for women, and by 1951, because of her efforts, women were voting. She also greatly helped the poor and lower class since she related to them.
(“Eva Peron Biography”, n.d.) She even ran for vice president but had to withdraw because of her battle with cancer. (Mapes, 2012) Another contribution Peron made was giving the citizens of Argentina free health care.
Eva Peron did all of this while also being an award-winning actress. People adored her but also judged her; she quickly rose to fame but still insisted greatly that she was only for the people and social work. Eva Peron was a monumental actress and politician, who was celebrated in her play “Evita”, was an extreme advocate for women’s rights and their right to vote in Argentina, and one of the main reasons Argentina has an all-female political party and government. One of Eva Peron’s greatest contributions was her commitment to Pro-Peronist trade unions and labor. Peronism is the idea that lower to middle-class laborers should be supported, and was created because of Eva and Juan’s ideas. Eva was extremely emotionally connected to these ideas because of how she was raised.
Eva was raised in a home where work was very important, even if they didn’t always have a lot of money. Even if she had many chances to give up she continued, and eventually started working. She auditioned for acting jobs and also radio shows and eventually landed a job at a radio show.
She acted as important women in history which catapulted her towards her fight for women’s suffrage and other rights. She had first-hand knowledge on how hard work and help from others could make you successful, which helped her and Juan help these working people. “The state must offer integral medical assistance to those who earn least. Suppose I am a millionaire and I am taken ill. I would bring doctors from all over the world, those specialists who charge $10-15,000 pesos and I would have a good possibility of saving my life. The poor, on the other hand, have no chance at all of doing that. But here in Buenos Aires, in good hospitals, you have the possibility that an eminent physician will take care of you. Just take a look at the interior of the country where 50% of those who die do so without any medical attention…” (Juan Peron, 1951) The Perons, obviously cared a lot the health of their people which helped them make the decision of providing free health care for the citizens of Argentina.
This was geared toward people that needed medical attention but had low paying jobs or no job at all. Again, Eva saw herself in these people and felt they weren’t being recognized properly. They didn’t do it alone though, Dr.
Ramon Carrillo, the health administrator, was a major support and initiator for free health care.