The Maya civilization was present in the area known as Mesoamerica, which is modern-day Mexico and Central America. The Mayan people are known to have developed one of the most sophisticated and highly developed writing systems in pre-Colombian America's -- as well as art, architecture, mathematics, calendar, and astronomical system.

In early Mayan studies, archeologists assumed that women were subordinate to men in Mayan society. Men were kings and rulers of the city-state, and men were rulers in their homes. New research shows that women were more central to Mayan society than previously believed. During this time, noble women became the ruling queens of their cities. Inspired by the Mayan culture, the La Reina Maya collection explores the power and glory of the ruling women in history.