Women in the Mexican Revolution

Roles, Importance, and Purpose

Inside the Mexican Revolution

Throughout many years, many women have been suffering to gain the rights they deserve. Women inequality has been a big problem through the world, but one thing I am curious about is the roles of the women in the Mexican Revolution. The Mexican Revolution took place in Mexico and lasted from 1910-1920. The Mexican Revolution was a middle-class protest against the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz. Porfirio Diaz was the president of Mexico that served them during the years of 1877- 1880 and 1884-1911. Diaz made a political system that controlled elections, political opposition, and public order. Porfirio Diaz rigged the elections and the votes; he wanted to make sure he stayed in power after the law said presidents could be reelected (Gale). It was hard for women to be given respect as well as seen as leaders and humans. According to La Adelita Becomes an Archetype of the Mexican Revolution: 1910–1920 it states, "The Constitution of 1857 did not recognize them [women] as citizens, which means they lacked rights in Mexican society" (Gale). Men were seen superior to the women, and women had no rights to vote. Men and women were allowed to join the army, but many of them were nurses, propagandist, and some became soldiers known as soldaderas. A special event for the role of women was the Constitution of 1857; this gave women fewer rights and gave men superior power Gale). The Mexican Revolution affected many people such as the middle-class people, those who voted in the presidential election, and the women. They were all affected in different ways, many were treated with no respect and the others were tricked by the president.

During the Mexican Revolution was there any important factor that helped women and men feel empowered? If so what was this factor and how or in what way did it help them ?

During the Mexican Revolution their important factor was none other than the arts. When the going got tough they would all pleased themselves with art, music, and poetry. One type of music that they would listen to was the Corridos. This type of music was mainly about the soldaderas and the struggles of being in a revolution (Gale). This is where women began to be recognized; songs that involved soldaderas would talk about their beauty, bravery, and the desire to have them by their side. One of the most famous Corridos was called "La Adelita." The song was based off of a love story and talked about the women's roles in the revolution (Gale). "La Adelita" is now a symbolic figure it symbolizes woman warriors and their bravery, courage, and strength (Gale).

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"“La Adelita” Becomes an Archetype of the Mexican Revolution : 1910–1920." Global Events: Milestone Events Throughout History. Ed. Jennifer Stock. Vol. 3: Central and South America. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2014. Student Resources in Context. Web. 18 Sept. 2015.


OPVL: The article is from the Gale Student Resource in Context, 2014. The article talks about how the Mexican Revolution started and about how women played a role in the Mexican Revolution. The article being from Gale which is a well-known sources makes this article more valuable and credible. The article talked about Porfirio Diaz and his laws and also about how women were treated based on his laws. This article had a lot of value but it did once in a while changed its point of view from how the citizens were victims of the election being rigged to how the women were treated based off of a law. The limitation of the article is that it is not all the original source but still has factual ideas towards the topic.

"The Mexican Revolution." History Today. History Today Ltd. Company, 2014. Web. 20 Sept. 2015. <http://www.historytoday.com/alan-knight/mexican-revolution>.

OPVL: The article is from the History Today, 2014. The article talks about how Porfirio Diaz was involved in the Mexican Revolution and how his decisions made others upraise. It also talked about how Porfirio Diaz, Madero, Zapata, and Villa were involved in the Mexican Revolution. The value is a little less because the source is not well-known but is definitely a credible source. Their are some limitation of this source because it can be missing some important facts about Porfirio Diaz.

"Petra Herrera, Aka Pedro." The Mex Files. The Vigilance Theme., 21 Aug. 2014. Web. 20 Sept. 2015. <http://mexfiles.net/2014/08/21/petra/>.

OPVL: The article is from The Mex Files and the Vigilance Theme, 21 August 2014. The purpose of the article was about a famous women that disguised herself as a man so that she can be part of the battle and not stay in the background. It also discusses how she struggled to get the position she deserved. The value of the source is credible but not very well-known. The limitation of the article is that it could talk more about other inspiring women during the time but it did overall gave a good idea of Petra Herrera.

"Petra Herrera (late 1800s?-early 1900s)." Rejected Princess. Rejected Princesses., 2015. Web. 20 Sept. 2015. <http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/petra-herrera>.

OPVL: The article is from the Rejected Princesses, 2015. The purpose was to talk about brave women who worked hard to be seen as a leader such as Petra Herrera. It gave examples of brave women who decided to fight for their rights rather than sit down and wait for something to happen. The value of this article is that it is very helpful and credible but the source is not well-known to others. The purpose adds value and not limitation because it includes the story of Petra Herrera and gives other brave women who tried to do something during the Mexican Revolution.

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