Soldaderas: Female Revolutionaries of Mexico

Posted By:  Lisa McGean
Date Posted:  9/25/2007

As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Deschutes Public Library is proud to host a Road Scholar presentation on the women of the 1910 Mexican Revolution by University of Oregon Professor Stephanie Wood. The discussion will take place October 7th, in the Brooks Room of the Bend Public Library at 2:00 p.m.

Ms. Wood states that, "According to traditional lore, the archtypal figure "Adelita" of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 was either a sweetheart of a soldier or a prostitute. Today, however, the actual flesh-and-blood wives, mothers, and sisters who smuggled, fought, and occasionally led in the causes of "land and liberty" are being transformed into brave, independent heroines. They have become larger than life and remembered as super-human
figures of enormous valor." In her multimedia presentation, Ms. Wood will discuss why the soldaderas' memory is so cherished, especially among the Chicana and Chicano population of the United States.

Stephanie Wood is the author of three books and dozens of articles on Mexican history, and is developing a multimedia project on Mexican female icons. She also codirects the Virtual Mesoamerican Archive and the Mapas Project, two internet-based works.

This program is free and open to the public. For information about this and other library programs, please call 312-1034.

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