Carolina Curbelo Teacher at the Persuasión II, Licenciatura en Diseño Gráfico de la Universidad ORT Uruguay reach out to me a couple of months ago to ask me if she could assign her design class with the challenge to find the most interesting, and important women that had created a change in the Uruguayan Society. The class was up to the challenge and their response is just amazing.
Here are some of the selects from the class:
Uruguayan poet, is considered one of the greatest female Latin American poets of the early 20th century.
Christian R. Beltrame
A Latin Grammy-nominated Uruguayan-Argentine singer, actress and fashion designer. Oreiro began her career in telenovelas. Since 2008 she has switched to work primarily in films. Oreiro has worked on social awareness shows and events for organizations like Greenpeace and UNICEF, the latter of which designated her as ambassador for Argentina and Uruguay in September 2011. She has been included in Esquire magazine's "The Sexiest Woman Alive Atlas" list.
Nelly Gonzales best known as Naná. She is the owner of the most famous whore house in Uruguay. She is a sexual educational activist and the inventor of a condom that protects you while performing oral sex.
Best known as the second Queen of Montevideo Carnaval. Dancer & Vedette, danced the “Pasos de Los Novillos, Tacuarembó”. She was also known for her poetry that reflected her writing in the injustice and sadness of growing up as black woman.
Minuán-Charrúa native from present day Uruguay of Güenoa descent. Charrúa were captured in 1833, only for for remain from the tribe, they were taken to Paris, France, by François Curel, where they were exhibited to the public as a circus attraction.
Emblematic Uruguayan theater, film, and television actress, also director, producer and writer. An immensely popular star in the Rioplatense area, she is often regarded as a Grand Dame of the South American theater stage. Zorrilla was invested Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and in 2011, the Correo Uruguayo (the national postal service in Uruguay) released a print run of 500 commemorative postage stamps dedicated to her.
Uruguayan poet and novelist, considered one of the most singular voices in Latin America. Critics tend to agree that her writing is greatly influenced by European surrealism, although her vocabulary, style, and imagery are uniquely her own. Her work deals predominately with the imaginary world of childhood and nature.
Known as “Muchahcas de Abril”. She fought until the day of her death for her political views during the Uruguayan directorship in ’74.
Uruguayan known for being an actress, writer, newscaster
One of the most important Argentine and Latin-American poets of the modernist period. Alfonsina Storni was the winner of the First Municipal Poetry Prize and the second National Literature Prize for her book Languidez. Storni had several phases of writing over the course of her career: the first from 1916-1920, a second from 1925-1926, and a third from 1934 until her death in 1938.