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Gabriela Mistral (1889 –1957) was the first Latin American author and fifth woman to receive a Nobel Prize for literature. Her poetry was praised by the jury for the way it ‘inspired [...] powerful emotions, [and] made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world’. Her work as a teacher and journalist also led her to become involved in educational reform. She was a passionate advocate of women’s education, a topic she explored in Lecturas para Mujeres (Readings for Women).