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, as we affectionately called her, was my maternal grand aunt. Being 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)