Luis Miramontes helped enable the sexual revolution

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Luis Miramontes helped enable the sexual revolution. Why isn’t he better known?

Why, then, did Miramontes remain an obscure figure? He was a student at a time when science was especially hierarchical. And the fact that Searle beat Syntex to market cut Mexico — and Miramontes — out of the narrative. Perhaps renown was not Miramontes’ preference.

I liked the conclusion, but does the fact that he is Mexican, at a time when Latinos were (and still are) marginalized, didn't contribute to this story being erased? An American's voice has always been more powerful than anyone else's, that may have contributed as well. Not to mention the fact that Djerassi himself, one of the directors of the company responsible for the creation of the hormone norethindrone, canceled the participation of the chemist Miramontes from all his writings on the hormone and its creation, citing only him as "a young Mexican chemist" (part cited in the article as well), and what intrigues me is also the fact that many people (mainly feminists who study on the subject) do not know him, or have not heard of his name, even though he played a very important role in history of feminism with the sexual revolution (as stated in the title of the article).

I don't know if this is the exact forum to ask this question, but if not, I hope you'll show me

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