Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner, Presidente de la Nación Argentina, was born 19 February 1953 in La Plata, La Plata Partido, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina to Eduardo Fernández (1921-1982) and Ofelia Esther Wilhelm (1929) . She married Néstor Carlos Kirchner (1950-2010) 8 May 1975 .

Early life and education

Cristina Fernández during her youth

Cristina Fernández was born on 19 February 1953, at Tolosa, a suburb of La Plata, capital of the Buenos Aires Province.[1] She was the daughter of Eduardo Fernández and Ofelia Esther Wilhelm. Eduardo Fernández, a bus driver, was anti-Peronist, and Wilhelm was a Peronist union leader. Wilhelm was a single mother. Fernández married her and moved into her house when Cristina was two years old. Most details about her childhood, such as her elementary school, are unknown.[2] She attended high school at Popular Mercantil and Misericordia schools.[2]

She began her college studies at the University of La Plata. She studied psychology for a year, then dropped it and studied law instead. She met fellow student Néstor Kirchner in 1973. He introduced her to political debates. There were heated political controversies at the time caused by: the decline of the Argentine Revolution military government, the return of the former president Juan Perón from exile, the election of Héctor Cámpora as president of Argentina, and the early stages of the Dirty War. She became influenced by Peronism, left-wing politics, and anti-imperialism.[2] Despite the presence of sympathizers of the Montoneros guerrillas in La Plata, the Kirchners had never been involved themselves.[2] Cristina and Néstor married in a civil ceremony on 9 May 1975. Her mother got them administrative jobs at her union.[2] The 1976 Argentine coup d'état took place the following year. Cristina proposed to go to Río Gallegos, Néstor's home city, but he delayed their departure until his graduation on 3 July 1976.[2]



Offspring of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Elisabet Fernández (1953)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Máximo Carlos Kirchner (1977) 16 February 1977 La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina Rocío García (1976)
Florencia Kirchner (1990)


Footnotes (including sources)

Cabrera-Hintze, Robin Patterson



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