Today’s Dame of the Day is Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi. She began her career in politics in 1999 with an appointment to Botswana’s National Assembly. Over the course of her tenure, she held positions in the Ministries of Communications, Trade and Tourism, and Science and Technology. Today, she serves as the Minister of Education. In addition to her political service, Venson-Moitoi is also a trained journalist.
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.