Geronima Tomelden Pecson, suffragette, first woman senator of the Philippines in 1947, and first female representative to the executive board of UNESCO in 1950

Meet Geronima Pecson

Geronima Tomelden Pecson was a suffragette and first woman senator of the Philippines, elected in 1947. As senator, she championed laws toward building and improving education in the Philippines. In 1950, she became the first Filipino and first woman elected to the executive board of UNESCO.

Lola Imay was my maternal grandfather’s aunt. I never met her, but knowing that I am somewhere on her family tree makes me feel a little prouder to be a woman, a feminist, and a Filipina.

(Photo by Bert Brandt, Acme Staff correspondent, 4 November 1947)

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