Who is Claudia Sheinbaum, the first female president elected in Mexico

"I will not disappoint you." These are the first words of Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, elected the first president of Mexico in the recent elections.
Who is Claudia Sheinbaum

“I will not disappoint you.” These are the first words of Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, elected the first president of Mexico in the recent elections.

61 years old, Mexican physicist, engineer, politician and researcher, Sheinbaum has a PhD in energy engineering. She is the author of over 100 articles and two books on the topics of energy, environment and sustainable development.

She has contributed to ‘IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. It defines itself as “daughter of 1968”.

Claudia Sheinbaum’s family

Sheinbaum was born in Mexico City in 1962 into a secular Jewish family who emigrated from Lithuania and Bulgaria in the early 1940s to escape the Holocaust.

Both of her parents are scientists: her father is a chemical engineer and her mother a biologist. Her brother is a physicist.

From 1987 to 2016 she was married to the politician Carlos Ímaz Gispert with whom she had a daughter, Mariana, born in 1988. In 2023 she married for the second time to Jesús María Tarriba Unger, a financial risk analyst at the Bank of Mexico.

Politics and its government program

In 2018, Sheinbaum was elected to a six-year term as head of government of the Federal District of Mexico City.

Her administration was characterized by ecological issues and a strong social policy. Thus creating infrastructure and distributing social aid in the poorest neighborhoods.

During her government she promoted important projects such as the Metrobús and the urban reforestation program. In June 2023, she resigned as head of government with a record popularity of 68% in disagreement with the choice of her party’s candidate Morena for president ahead of the 2024 elections.

In September of the same year she became the candidate of the coalition “Together we will make history“. Which includes the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), the Labor Party and the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico.

The first female president in Mexico promises economic reforms to strengthen the welfare state. And, to pursue a policy “on renewable energy”, especially on the water that Mexico is about to run out of and on the issue of violence, particularly against women.

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