scholar (1651-1695)

A national treasure of Mexico, she was a nun in Mexico City. She observed the stars, composed music, and painted. She wrote that

"It seems to me debilitating for a Catholic not to know everything in this life of the Divine Mysteries that can be learned through natural means."

She claimed that science and knowledge will strengthen faith in God, not weaken it.

There is a biography of her at this site and there is the The Sor Juana Ines de la Crux Project originating at Dartmouth College. There is a wonderful, large, color picture on the page here although those with slower links may have to wait too long for it to load.

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