More than a politician’s wife, she used her position as the first lady of Argentina to fight for women’s suffrage and improving the lives of the poor.
– She grew up poor, dreaming of becoming actress.
– Used her position as first lady to fight for causes she believed in, including women’s suffrage and improving the lives of the poor. She also unofficially ran the ministries of health and labor in her husband’s government.
– Perón became a legendary figure in Argentine politics. A skilled speaker, she was adored by the poor citizens she worked hard to help.
– She was not without critics and detractors. Asked to run as vice president with her husband in 1951, she faced opposition by the army. Perón ultimately turned down the post—possibly due to the health issues she was battling around this same time, stemming from cervical cancer.
– Since her death, Perón’s life continues to fascinate people around the world. The story of a poor girl who became a prominent political power has been the subject of countless books, films and plays. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the hit musical Evita (1979), which was loosely based on Perón’s life. Madonna later played Perón in the 1996 film version, with Antonio Banderas portraying Che Guevara.