Carolina Correa Londoño

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Carolina Correa Londoño
First Lady of Colombia
In office
13 June 1953 (1953-06-13) – 10 May 1957 (1957-05-10)
Preceded by Clemencia Holguín y Caro
Succeeded by Bertha Puga Martínez
Personal details
Born (1905-01-25)25 January 1905
tamesis, Antioquia, Colombia
Died 15 July 1986(1986-07-15) (aged 81)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party National Popular Alliance
Spouse(s) Gustavo Rojas Pinilla (1930–1975)
Religion Roman Catholic
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Correa and the second or maternal family name is Londoño.

Carolina "Carola" Correa Londoño (25 January 1905–15 July 1986)[1] was the wife of the 19th President of Colombia, Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, and served as First Lady of Colombia from 1953 to 1957.[2]

On 25 May 1956 Correa, as First Lady of Colombia, was the first woman to be granted a Cédula de Ciudadania, a Colombian national identity document that extended citizenship to women and allowed them to participate in the political process.[3] Her cédula number was 20,000,001; her daughter María Eugenia was granted the next card, number 20,000,002.[3] Colombian women, including Correa and her daughter, were able to vote for the first time on 1 December 1957 during a national referendum.

Personal life[edit]

Carolina was born on 25 January 1905 in Medellín, Antioquia[3] to Emilio Correa Correa and Emilia Londoño Jaramillo.[4] She married Gustavo Rojas Pinilla on 10 May 1930 at the Chapel of Saint Joseph of the Congregation of Christian Brothers in Medellín.[5][6] Gustavo and Carolina had three children: Gustavo Emilio, María Eugenia, and Carlos.

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  1. ^ Ágredo Tobar, Reinaldo (27 December 2006). "De España al Norte del Tolima: Familia Aristizábal Vargas". Notas Biográficas y Genealógicas (in Spanish). Bogotá. p. 14. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Ríos Peñaloza, Gilma (1 August 1996). "Primeras Damas del Siglo XX" [First Ladies of the 20th Century]. Credencial Historia (in Spanish) (Bogotá: Colombia, Bank of the Republic) (80). ISSN 0121-3296. OCLC 39236834. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Colombia, National Civil Registry (2004). "Cédula de ciudadanía para la mujer" (COMMUNIQUé) (in Spanish). Bogotá. p. 1. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Lasso Vega, María Angela (2005). Gustavo Rojas Pinilla (in Spanish). Bogotá: Copygrafica. p. 63. ISBN 9789583371011. OCLC 255261496. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Morales Rivera, Antonio (9 November 1998). "Gustavo Rojas Pinilla". Semana (in Spanish) (Bogotá) (858). ISSN 0124-5473. OCLC 7475329. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Serpa Erazo, Jorge (1999). Rojas Pinilla: Una Historia Del Siglo XX (in Spanish). Bogotá: Planeta. p. 67. ISBN 9789586147040. OCLC 254171537. Retrieved 11 November 2012.