Sarah Méndez-Capote y Chaple was a Cuban writer, poet, translator, suffragist, and feminist activist. She was the sister of writer Renée Méndez Capote.

Sarah Méndez Capote
BornSarah Méndez-Capote y Chaple
OccupationWriter, poet, translator, feminist activist
Literary movementFeminism

Life and work


The daughter of Domingo Méndez Capote and María Chaple y Suárez, she published some of her poetic work in Revista de la Habana in the early 1930s.[1] She also contributed to the avant-garde journal Social and to El Fígaro.[2]

As a women's rights activist, she was one of the founders of the Lyceum on 1 December 1928, one of the "most cultural and intellectual" feminist organizations of the era,[3] formed by her sister Renée, Berta Arocena de Martínez Márquez, Carmen Castellanos, Matilde Martínez Márquez, Carmelina Guanche, Alicia Santamaría, Ofelia Tomé, Dulce Marta Castellanos, Lilliam Mederos, Rebeca Gutiérrez, Mary Caballero, María Josefa Vidaurreta, and María Teresa Moré.[4] The group advocated for women's suffrage. It became a lobbyist institution in Cuba's parliament and organized several feminist events in the country.[3]


  1. ^ Méndez Capote, Sarah (April 1930). "Poesías". Revista de la Habana (in Spanish). 2 (4). Editorial R. H.
  2. ^ Massaguer, Conrado Walter (1958). Massaguer: su vida y su obra [Massaguer: his life and work] (in Spanish). p. 1989.
  3. ^ a b Stoner, K. Lynn (30 April 1991). From the House to the Streets: The Cuban Woman's Movement for Legal Reform, 1898–1940. Duke University Press. p. 74. ISBN 9780822311492. Retrieved 6 October 2016 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Actas del IX Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas: 18–23 de agosto de 1986: Berlín [Proceedings of the 9th Congress of the International Association of Hispanists: 18–23 August 1986: Berlin] (in Spanish). International Association of Hispanists. 1989. p. 1449. ISBN 978-389-354-828-6.