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Transito, 91

Cayambe, Ecuador

Transito is often referred to as the "Rosa Parks of Ecuador." After the Spanish conquest, many indigenous people were forced to serve as indentured servants in the hacienda system. In 1926, at the age of 17, Transito spoke out against a hacienda owner who had been molesting her. She was sent to jail for five months for protesting. Upon release, she became a legend for speaking out about the plight of indigenous Ecuadorians. Later she organized a strike by farmers, which catalyzed a new found respect for indigenous peoples.