On July 1, Mexico will be choosing its newest president in a pivotal election that could determine the country’s path for years to come. The list of presidential candidates rivals the nation’s population in size, but there is one group that stands out among the crowd: the female candidates. Here, we take a closer look at the women vying to become Mexico’s next president and their political platforms.
Maria Elvira Salazar is one of the frontrunners among the female candidates. A veteran journalist, Salazar has been a vocal critic of the corruption within the Mexican government. Her vision for the presidency is one of fiscal responsibility and economic security for all Mexicans.
Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo is a scientist and engineer by trade and was the first female mayor of Mexico City. Sheinbaum Pardo has focused her platform on prioritizing sustainable energy sources and reducing the poverty rate in Mexico.
Ruth Zavaleta Salgado is a labor lawyer who was formerly a professor at the Autonomous University of Mexico. She is campaigning on a platform of reducing inequality between wealthy and poor citizens and reducing violence against women.
Finally, Jaqueline Roussie is soon-to-be the first openly transgender candidate in Mexican history. She is campaigning on a platform of breaking down gender stereotypes and creating a society where people are accepted for all of their identities.
No matter who goes on to win the election, it is clear that women are playing a larger role in Mexican politics than ever before. They bring a unique set of beliefs and abilities to the table, and it remains to be seen how their individual platforms will shape the future of Mexico.