Women Against Tyranny: Part I
The Historical Journey of Human Rights in Europe & the Americas
Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director, ACMRS
Daniel Schugurensky, Professor, School of Social Transformation, ASU
Women have opposed tyranny many times throughout the centuries. While Europe embarked on its age of empire, at home and abroad, two courageous women of Early Modern Spain fought the imperial designs of their country’s government, in an extraordinary display of courage and integrity. Maria Pacheco de Padilla, the “lioness of Castile,” became the beacon of the Communeros uprising in 1520’s Spain, launched to uphold the rights of the local communities against Habsburg Emperor Carlos V’s autocratic reign, and Carlos’ flouting of those communities’ liberties. During the 1540s, in the Americas, Francisca de Hoces challenged the anti-indigenous policy of conquistador Francisco de Coronado, playing a key role in bringing Coronado before the tribunals of Mexico City, and obligating him to answer for his actions committed in today’s Arizona and New Mexico. This event will focus on the connection between these women’s struggles and the impact of these early Spanish models on our contemporary definition of human rights.
This event is sponsored by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the School of Social Transformation at ASU.