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Margarita Zavala

"Education opens new horizons, for individuals and for entire communities, and affirms human dignity and social justice."

How She Empowers Others

Margarita Zavala is the wife of the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, and thereby the First Lady of Mexico. Her first public appearance since the election was at our Meet Me in Miami movie premiere in Mexico City. Originally, she intended to stay for only 15 minutes. Instead, she not only spoke at the press conference for 10 minutes but also stayed for one and a half hours and personally greeted, hugged, or kissed every child at the event.

Margarita Zavala was a member of the Mexican Legislature serving from 2003-2006. She and Felipe married in 1993 and have three children: Maria, Luis Felipe and Juan Pablo. She is an attorney and currently serves as the president of an advisory board for DIF (el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia or the Integral Development of the Family). DIF is a government agency that helps to develop and strengthen families in Mexico.