Who Is Claudia Sheinbaum? A Physicist Likely To Become Mexico’s First Woman President

Claudia Sheinbaum
Mexico may be on its way to electing its first women President in the 2024 elections, with Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum being the most likely candidate for the same. Longstanding ally of current President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Sheinbaum emerges as a front-runner to be the party’s presidential candidate in 2024, as per reports.

60-year-old Claudia Sheinbaum, who currently serves as the Mayor of Mexico City, is a renowned scientist and environmentalist. If the current political scenario favours her, she is likely to become the first female president of the country in the next elections. Mexican law does not permit a President to run for re-election.

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Who Is Claudia Sheinbaum?

Sheinbaum is a member of  President Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party, which stands tall with an extensive lead in the polls. If this continues, Sheinbaum is likely to spearhead the party as its presidential candidate, paving way for the country to elect its first woman leader. While President Obrador has batted in public that he has no favourite candidate, reports and close aids to the President revealed that he would, without a doubt, want Sheinbaum to lead the country after him. President Obrador’s mission to bring social change within the fabric of his country would go a considerable step further if he and the country can elect the first women president coming 2024, which could be both historic and inspirational.

Born in 1962 to a Biologist mother and a chemical engineer father, Sheinbaum currently serves as the head of the government of Mexico City. She is a physicist, scientist and environmentalist. She is a PhD holder in energy engineering and physics.

She has authored over a hundred articles on the topic of energy, sustainable development and the environment. She completed her thesis at the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory in California. In her research, she analysed the use of energy in Mexico’s transportation and published several studies on the then ongoing trends of energy use by Mexican buildings.

Given her background, she functioned as the Secretary of the Environment of the City from 2000 to 2006. She also served as the Mayor of Tlalpan from 2015 to 2017. In 2018, she was listed as one of BBC’s 100 inspirational women.

Sheinbaum had significantly contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The panel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 2007.

Pitching her candidacy, Sheinbaum looks to bring change

Sheinbaum was the second woman to hold the office of Mayor after she was elected as part of the Juntos Haremos Historia coalition in 2018. She holds a record successful outcome of making the city safe for women and assisting families by offering free daycare for children. Sheinbaum, who believes she is the torch bearer of the current President’s ideologies, has also expressed that her work goes further than the party and her vision to work towards green technology can be a huge shift in Mexico’s development.

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