Maria Eva Duarte De Perón: Don T Cry For Me Argentina

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Ambitious, ruthless, untiring, clever and strikingly beautiful, she had them all. These large measure of the many qualities lifted her in a dozen short years from obscurity to fame; to wealth and power on the unpredictable currents of Argentine political life. The woman who changed the history of Argentina. The woman whose name is all over the world. The woman who inspired the one of the most well-known song Don’t Cry For Me Argentina. The world may know her as Evita, but very few know the story of Maria Eva Duarte de Perón.

Maria Eva Duarte was born in Los Toldos, Argentina, on May 7, 1919 (Biography). Daughter of Juana Ibaguren and Juan Duarte, Eva grew up poor. Despite the fact that her father was from an influential family in the Chivilcoy, he had to leased the farm land with the goal of making it prosper (Larson). When her father died in a car accident in 1926, Eva and her siblings moved to Junín, a city in Buenos Aires (Biography).

In Junin, the childhood theatricals of Los
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“She became the Secretary of Labour, supporting higher wages and greater social welfare benefits. Eva started her journey by visiting factories and hospitals, and holding meetings with those whom she was trying to help. In addition, she also took an active interest in health policy, supervising programs to eradicate some of the most crippling diseases including tuberculosis, malaria and leprosy.”(History).

In 1947, she set up the Maria Eva Duarte De Perón Welfare Foundation, which distributed money, food and medicines to those most in need. The money came from ‘contributions’, not always willingly given, from businesses and unions. Eva became more popular with the poor masses, but far less popular with the elite. She further angered the elite with her active campaign for female suffrage in 1947, largely due to the energy and soul that she poured into the campaign (Fraser and
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