"At the level of intellect, there is no gender"
-Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695) was born and bred in Latin America. At the age of three, she tagged along with her older sister to school and quickly learned to read and write. She also learned Latin, and wrote a famous autobiographical letter about her desire to learn. Needless to say, when she showed up at the viceroy's court in Mexico city to meet his wife, she was a phenomenon with her enormous learning and great beauty. Eventually, she decided to become a nun to continue her studies. From there, she proceeded to write the greatest literature ever published in Spanish. In 1693, she was silenced by the Catholic church and sold her entire library to be secluded in the nunnery until she died at the age of 44.