Mexico City is a unique juxtaposition of modern advancements and ancient traditions. Aztec history and the threads of conservative Catholicism are woven into an increasingly progressive city that is rapidly becoming a mecca for the LGBTQ+ community, feminism, and entrepreneurs. Mexico City is many things—ancient, adaptable, pious, revolutionary—and yet Mexico, itself, remains a complicated culture for women to navigate.
Studies reveal Mexico to be one of the top 20 countries plagued by feminicide and sexual assault. Despite the culture’s historical reverence of motherhood and femininity—demonstrated in the religious iconography and sculptures that dot the city—Mexican women continue to fight against a large machismo society. From the gun-blazing Soldaderas in the Mexican Revolution to taking to the streets to support a woman’s right to choose, Mexico has always proven a country of resilient women who are constantly pushing for change while making their voices heard.
Today, Mexico City is emblematic of a growing female revolution. The country’s capital is one of the top 50 best cities for female entrepreneurs. “Mexico is one of the four countries in the world, and the only one in Latin America, where there are more female entrepreneurs than their male counterparts,” reveals a study by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM). “In fact, three out of five small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) opening in Mexico are led by women.” Female entrepreneurs are growing in Mexico like never before, as is the rise of inclusivity in the country’s capital.
Today, Mexico’s metropolitan hub is home to female-run galleries (Kurimanzutto), art collectives (Art Club CDMX), restaurants (Rosetta), and shops worth visiting on your next visit. In this Feminist City Guide, contributing writer Adrien Behn spotlights woman-owned businesses and women’s historical impact on Mexico city.