A longing for peace, justice and equality set the pace for Argentina during a time they needed it the most. Amidst the unfair process of gender and class came a leader that brought hope and light to the country. Argentineans sing the praise for a cherished icon that took a stand and the first steps to creating a change. As with any movement, there are truths that shine bright in the spotlight and others that seem to blend in the shadows. The controversial life of Argentina’s beloved Eva Duarte de Peron has raised spirits and eyebrows depending on which side of the line you reside.
The Beginning of Eva Peron’s Legacy
Eva Duarte de Peron had a humble beginning in her life. Described as charismatic and naturally beautiful. At an early age, she found herself headed to Buenos Aires to pursue a career in acting. Her charm led her to a successful run on the radio performing in segments, movies and shows. By the time Eva was in her early twenties, she was prosperous and financially stable. This new life was a breath of fresh air for her as she grew up with less advantageous circumstances.
Known in social circles for her glamour and talent, Eva was invited to a variety of events. When she arrived at a fundraiser, she made an impression on the host, Juan Peron. Despite their difference in age and background, they found love and a keen political advantage point. Juan Peron was a prominent figure whose campaign benefited greatly from the radio coverage Eva could contribute. The two become the happy couple to be and married a little over a year after they met.
Eva’s Rise As An Icon
They had a rocky year before the ceremony, with Juan being arrested and a negative view of Eva’s input into political affairs. They found support from middle and lower classes while the upper crust of the country opposed their agenda. When her Husband was elected to be President, Eva was formally the First Lady. Eva Peron became a champion for the poor, sick and anyone who was in need. She rallied for equality among Argentina making a difference in law and social structures. Known as Evita to her people, she gained their undeniable trust and loyalty.
Critics claimed the power couple had ulterior motives in their actions. Behaviors such as buying factories and newspapers seemed innocent enough until you mention words such as deception, profiting and persuasive media. Juan Peron did not help matters when he slowly turned from charitable to domineering. The notion of disregarding or speaking against his policy held a fear of retribution including jail time. Despite the controversial aspects of their life, Eva continued to set up a foundation that had the sole intention of helping those in need.
Eva Peron as Evita
Evita strived to be voted in as Vice President to her husband. This was greatly opposed by non-supporters causing Eva Peron to show her strength and stand her ground. Unfortunately, illness overcame her, and Eva was diagnosed with cancer. Withdrawing from the ballot, she lost the battle when she was only 33 years old. Shortly after, Peron was overthrown, and the Country was thrown into chaos. Tragically, Eva’s body went missing and was buried in Italy to keep her image from offering solace during the transition. Years later, Juan Peron remarried and became President once again. His wife was his Vice President and together they put Evita to rest properly. Millions paid their final respects to the Spiritual Leader of a Nation and the Rose of Argentina.