The Revolutionary Revolution And The Mexican Revolution

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During a decade of political and social chaos in Mexico, an uprising was conjuring against President Porfirio Diaz and the dictator style of his reign. As stated in Mexicans in Revolution, 1910-1946: An Introduction, “The roots of the Revolution reached back to the successful programs of the government of Porfirio Díaz and his regime, called the Porfiriato, that governed the republic from 1876 to 1911.”1 Francisco Madero, a representative for the common people and a candidate in the presidential election in 1910, promoted a resistance that opposed the reelection of Diaz. Eventually, the struggle to overthrow Diaz resulted in the Mexican Revolution. Madero’s forces, as well as the federal army, were compiled from middle and lower class men as well as las soldaderas, women soldiers. Las soldaderas represented the brave women that fought next to their brethren on the front line of battle, but also aided the cause behind the scenes by serving as nurses, washers, and cooks. The women’s involvement in the Mexican Revolution was portrayed solely as assistance in the movement to reinvent their country’s government. However, the soldaderas not only aided in the future of their country, but the future of women’s right as a whole. The soldaderas’ contribution in the Mexican Revolution sparked the desire to demand equality and a life free of constraints bound by male ideals of a women’s domestic responsibilities. The soldaderas conveyed roles in the Mexican Revolution that were
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