Salomé Ureña: Founder of Women’s Higher Education in the Dominican Republic

Poet Salomé Ureña de Henríquez was born on October 21st, 1850 in Santo Dominigo, República Dominicana. Influence by literature and taught classic works of Spanish and French writers by her father, Salomé published her first poem at the age of 17. Her most notable works include A La PatriaRuinasEl Ave y El NidoMi PedroMi Ofrenda A La PatriaLa Llegada Del Invierno.

At 20, Salomé married lawyer/writer/politician Dr. Francisco Henríquez y Carvajal and had four children, Francisco, Max, Camila and Pedro Henríquez Ureña. In 1881,  Salomé Ureña, encouraged by her husband, instituted the first center of higher education for women in the Dominican Republic called Instituto de Señoritas. in 1887,  Catalina Pou, Leonor Maria Feliz, Ana Josefa Puello, Mercedes Laura Aguiar Luisa Osema Pellerano de Castro y Altagracia Henríquez Perdomo, became the first six women to graduate from the institute.

Salomé Ureña de Henríquez died of tuberculosis at the age of 47.

Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Ureña

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2 Responses to “Salomé Ureña: Founder of Women’s Higher Education in the Dominican Republic”

  1. it’s República Dominicana (not Dominica) 🙂

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