OCTOBER 23, 1881–JANUARY 3, 1965
Nina Otero was born into a wealthy Spanish American family in Los Lunas, New Mexico, in 1881. She was a suffragist, education activist, and politician.
Otero joined the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage in 1914. She was able to gain support from both English and Spanish speakers in New Mexico. When Congress passed the 19th Amendment, Otero helped convince New Mexico to ratify it. This was important because three-fourths of the states needed to ratify the amendment for it to become part of the Constitution.
Without the work that Otero and organizers like her did in their states, the amendment would have failed. Otero also spent many years working to improve schools and education in New Mexico. In 1922, Otero ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the House of Representatives, making her the first Hispanic woman to run for Congress. She died in 1965 at the age of 83.
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