Sight included on our Buenos Aires Free City Tour
Maria Eva Duarte de Perón was born in Junín or Los Toldos, on May 7, 1919, in a family of humble origin. At the age of 15 he moved to the city of Buenos Aires to dedicate herself to acting, achieving renown in the atmosphere of the radio theater, theater and cinema.
In 1943 she was one of the founders of the Argentine Radial Association and was elected president. The following year she met Juan Domingo Perón during a charity event for the victims of the San Juan earthquake. In 1945 he married Perón, who the following year would win the elections and become president of Argentina. Then Evita became the first lady.
Evita was the promoter of the law of women suffrage, which was sanctioned in 1947. Active fighter for labor and social rights, she founded the Partico Peronista Femenino in 1949 and presided it until his death. Through Eva Perón Foundation, she carried out an important social action aimed at supporting the most vulnerable social groups.
The Foundation built schools, nursing homes and hospitals, provided housing aids and scholarships and also stimulated social tourism. To the point that she was baptized as “the flag-bearer of the humble ones”.
She died on July 26, 1952, due to a cancerous uterus fulminant. To her wake attended an unprecedented crowd. His body was embalmed and located in the CGT (General Confederation of Labor). But in 1955 the civic-military dictatorship self-styled Revolution Liberator seized and desecrated his corpse and hid it for 16 years.