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This is a short piece on academic and activist Marcela Lagarde y de Los Ríos' contribution to the issue of homicides of women in Mexico. She coined the term feminicidio, which squarely placed these murders as acts of misogyny and a product of patriarchal society. Lagarde became a public servant and supported research on feminicidio. She played a critical role in the development adoption of Mexico's General Law for a Woman’s Access to a Life Free from Violence in 2007.


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