Adelina “Nina” Otero-Warren (Santa Fe, New Mexico) 1917

Adelina Otero-Warren was a suffragist, educator, politician, entrepreneur, and writer. She was born in 1881 in La Constancia, New Mexico, near Los Lunas. Her family history and connections made her central to the suffragist movement in New Mexico. When the women’s vote was finally approved in 1920, she launched a campaign to be the Republican Party nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives two years later. Her campaign won the nomination but lost the race for the seat by less than nine percent. Eventually she began a twelve-year tenure as Superintendent of Public Schools in Santa Fe County, improving the schools by recruiting better teachers, closely monitoring school maintenance and increasing teacher salaries. One of her key achievements was setting a balance between curricular requirements and Spanish cultural values.