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Soldaderas pose with their weapons, during the Mexican Revolution.
La Soldadera mural from Chicano Park in Barrio Logan, San Diego, California.

Soldaderas were female soldiers who went into combat alongside men during the Mexican Revolution, which initially broke out in oppostion to the conservative Díaz regime. The majority of these women led ordinary lives, but took up arms during the war to fight for freedom. Among the soldaderas, Dolores Jiménez y Muro and Hermila Galindo are often considered heroines in contemporary Mexico.

Today, the term La Adelita is used with pride among Mexican women. La Adelita was the title of a Corrido (folk ballad) about a soldadera named "Adelita", and became one of the most beloved songs to come out of the Revolution.

However in most cases, the term soldaderas refers to the wives, children, and relatives of the soldiers in the Mexican army. Soldaderas were allowed to follow the army so soldiers would be less likely to desert.

References

Paul Allatson (2007). Key Terms in Latino/a Cultural And Literary Studies[1]. Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 1405102500.

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