Women’s History Month Spotlight: Frida Kahlo

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By: Saron Amdemeskel

February 7, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month, Glasgow students celebrate women who have impacted the world in which we live. Spotlight #3 is Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo was considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists, who started painting mostly self-portraits after she was severely injured in a bus accident. She was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico. Her mother married her father, who was a German photographer who had immigrated to Mexico. Frida had 3 sisters. Her youngest sister, Cristina, was born a year after her, and her two older sisters were Matilde and Adriana.

When Frida was 6 she got polio, which caused her to be in bed for nine months. She did recover but was left with a limp when she walked, because it had damaged her right leg and foot. She was one of the few female students to attend the well-known National Preparatory School, in 1922. On September 17, 1925, Frida and her school friend, Alejandro Gómez Arias, were on a bus when the vehicle collided with a streetcar. She suffered many serious injuries and was in Red Cross Hospital in Mexico City for several weeks. 

Frida Kahlo inspires many girls at Glasgow who are interested in art to not let the world or hard situations get in the way of your dreams. She teaches us not to go by society’s beauty standards and to be resilient. She is known today as a feminist icon, and she still inspires and teaches so many of us to this day.

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

―Frida Kahlo

 

Sources

Frida Kahlo Biography 

Art 

Frida Kahlo Art 

Videos

Frida Kahlo | Draw my life

Frida Kahlo: The woman behind the legend