Soldaderas in the Mexican Revolution

Soldaderas were the wives, lovers, and daughters of the soldiers who fought in the Mexican Revolution, and many of them were soldiers themselves. 

This is the most famous photo of this subject. It shows of a group of soldaderas, arriving at a train station and immediately looking around for their men. Note the concern and worry on the face of the girl on the left, and how the one in the middle is obviously very young, and pregnant.

 As the Villistas progressed south, they traveled in trains, and the soldaderas travelled with them, feeding and caring for the men.


A woman makes tortillas for a wounded soldier. She kneels before her grinding stone, the "metate", where she grinds the corn for the tortillas. She will carry the metate in her shawl, on her back, trudging on for miles when no trains are available for travel.



It was common for soldaderas to wear their rebozos crossed across their chest in order to resemble the carrilleros - the bullet belts - of the fighters. This was their badge of identity as a soldadera.


Soldaderas were usually members of families or extended families that travelled and fought together - the men and the women sharing the soldiering duties alike.





This gorgeous young woman was a Yaqui Indian, most likely part of Obregon's army, and it is likely that she was an officer, judging from her pearl handled revolver and her binoculars.
















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Soldaderas in the Mexican Military : Myth and History
by Elizabeth Salas

This book does a lot to shed light on this very important topic. Soldaderas played a very important role in the Mexican Revolution and in the Mexican military from the time of the MesoAmerican Indians up though the period of the Revolution and even afterwards.

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