Let’s talk about Prudencia Ayala.

Prudencia Ayala was a woman born in 1885 to a native family in a small town in El Salvador, Central America.

She started going to school at age 10, but had to left her studies because her family was too poor to sustain her, so she became a seamstress. She was an autodidact, and taught herself to read politics and economics, until she developed an opinion. Since 1913 she began publishing articles on feminism and anti-imperialism. She was opposed the dictatorships in Latin America, the North American interventions, and proclaimed the necessity of Central America to join into a federal Republic. 

She tried to be a presidential candidate in 1930, even though women couldn’t vote in El Salvador by then. Her government plan included many feminist points, a law to support syndicates, and the legal recognition of illegitimate children. She entered an intellectual and legal fight to be allowed to be a candidate but the Supreme Court resolved against her.

Prudencia retired from politics after that, and until her death, six years later, she worked closely with workers groups and social movements.

Women couldn’t vote in El Salvador until 1950.

Sorry, I couldn’t provide a source in English, but you can read a bit more about here in Spanish here: http://museo.com.sv/2010/11/biografia-prudencia-ayala-la-hija-de-la-centella/