Second-in-command for the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, a political party of left-wing revolutionaries in El Salvador who participated in the Salvadoran Civil War from 1979 to 1992.
She studied and became a professor at the University of El Salvador.
She was an icon for revolutionary women in Latin America and her murder was caused by a deep division that had developed within the FMLN.
She was raised in a family of 4 children in Santiago Texacuangos, El Salvador.
She was a symbol for women's rights much like Civil Rights leader Jane Addams.