Today’s Dame of the Day is Gabriela Mistral (April 7, 1889 – January 10, 1957). Mistral earned money teaching but spent her free time writing poetry. As her work garnered national attention, she began to write more freely in support of education for all social classes. Although her opinions initially jeopardized her teaching position, she was eventually invited to collaborate with Mexico’s Minister of Education. All the while, she continued to write prolifically and travel extensively. In 1945, Mistral became the first and only Latin American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.