This book reinvigorates the debate on the Mexican Revolution, exploring what this pivotal event meant to women. The contributors offer a fresh look at women's participation in their homes and workplaces and through politics and community activism. Drawing on a variety of perspectives, the volume illuminates the ways women variously accepted, contested, used, and manipulated the revolutionary project. Recovering narratives that have been virtually written out of the historical record, this book brings us a rich and complex array of women's experiences in the revolutionary and post-revolutionary era in Mexico.
Stephanie E. Mitchell is director of the women's and gender studies program and assistant professor of history at Carthage College. Patience A. Schell is lecturer in Latin American cultural studies at the University of Manchester.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Chapter 1: The Faces of Rebellion: From Revolutionaries to Veterans in Nationalist Mexico Chapter 3 Primary document: Letter Regarding the Political-Revolutionary Activities of Senora Guadalupe Narvaez Bautista Part 4 Chapter 2: Educating the Mothers of the Nation: The Project of Revolutionary Education in Yucatan Chapter 5 Primary document: A report from the Chief of the Revolutionary Office of Information and Propaganda (1915) Part 6 Chapter 3: Challenging Legal and Gender Constraints: Sofia Villa's Criticism of Family Legislation, 1917-1927 Chapter 7 Primary document: An Extract from Sofia Villa de Buentello's La mujer y la ley Part 8 Chapter 4: The Meaning of the Women's Vote in Mexico: 1917-1953 Chapter 9 Primary document: A Letter From Margarita Robles de Mendoza to Plutarco Elias Calles Part 10 Chapter 5: Of the Sublime Mission of Mothers of Families: The Union of Mexican Catholic Ladies in Revolutionary Mexico Chapter 11 Primary document: On the High and Sublime Mission of Mothers of Families Part 12 Chapter 6: Theatre of Operations: Reform Politics and the Battle for Prostitutes' Redemption at Revolutionary Mexico City's Syphilis Hospital Chapter 13 Primary document: Hospital Morelos Part 14 Chapter 7: "The Proletarian Women Will Make the Social Revolution:" Female Participation in the Veracruz Rent Strike, 1922-1927 Chapter 15 Primary document: Excerpts from, "I, Woman in the Ideal" Part 16 Chapter 8: Por la liberacion de la mujer: Women and the Anti-Alcohol Campaign Chapter 17 Primary document: Letter from Antialcohol and Anticlerical Commottee of Nahuatzen, Michoacan to President Lazaro Cardenas Part 18 Chapter 9: Improving Mothers: Poverty, the Family, and "Modern" Social Assistance in Mexico, 1937-1950 Chapter 19 Primary document: Call to the Women of Mexico Part 20 Conclusion