Modern Day

Las Soldaderas painted by José Clemente Orozco (1926)


Why Soldaderas  

"La Adelita"

Historical Context  

Roles of Las Soldaderas

Prominent Figures

Modern Day




     Because of the active role played by soldaderas in the Mexican Revolution, their legacy has contributed to several distinct stereotypes of Mexican women.  Modern-day Chicanas in the United States have been particularly affected by this image of the soldaderas as either a feisty woman or promiscuous follower.  While some Chicanas find identification in the strength and bravery of the women soldiers, others are offended by the negative connotation brought on by association.  In order to combat these negative stereotypes, Chicana artists and writers have made use of their talents to shed light on the truth about soldaderas.  Writing novels and poetry, painting murals, and incorporating dances into their rituals, Chicanas have worked to reclaim the honor of these women who sacrificed their livelihood for their freedom.  Using these various mediums, Chicanos are able to explore their cultural and historical roots.
     The soldadera image has also been utilized in politicized movements, namely the Chicano movement.  Drawing on analogies between their ancestors and themselves, Chicanos are urged to fight against racism and classism.  Some Chicano activists used the legendary “Adelita” to refer to the submissive Chicana role in the movement; they were categorized as obedient women dedicated to filling the role of sexual partner, homemaker, and clerical assistant.  In recent years, Chicana women have mobilized to combat this stereotype, redefining the soldaderas legend as one of the first exemplifications of feminism and female strength in their history.


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