La Soldadera

“La Soldadera.” Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. LC-USZ6-1467

Women figured prominently in the Mexican Revolution. It was commonplace for women to serve as “soldaderas,” cooking, washing clothes, and marching alongside the men, often carrying the children. They also fought on the battlefield. Women capitalized on their participation to win greater respect and rights in some states, notably Yucatan where they held the First Feminist Congress.