Guerrera's Revolution

Guerrera's Revolution

by Cheryl McMullen December 07, 2011 11 Comments

The history of the Mexican Revolution cannot go without talking about its women - in fact,  Guerrera, literally means, "heroic" women. These passionate and courageous, women warriors are often remembered for the violent or sinful acts of war, even though they weren't much different than those by other Mexican Revolution heroes like Carranza or Zapata.

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Take a look at a few interesting Guerrera Bios:

Coronela María de la Luz Espinosa Barrera (how would you like to print that at the top of your school papers?) was one of the very few revolutionaries who received a pension as a veteran of the Mexican Revolution.  Having served the effort with distinction, peaceful times, however, brought a less forgiving stance in her life. For one who smoked, drank, gambled and feared no man to revert to the timid submissiveness expected of women was unthinkable. Like many veterans, Maria found conformity impossible and spent the rest of her life as a restless soul, an itinerant peddler dressed as a man and carrying a pistol.

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Margarita Neri led a force of more than 1,000 in 1910, sweeping through Tabasco and Chiapas looting, burning, and killing. These were hardly unusual events in wartime, except for the fact that this particular groups commander, who brandished a bloody machete and vowed to decapitate Diaz, was a woman. Margarita Neri earned such a reputation for ruthless slaughter that the governor of Guerrero, on hearing of her approach, hid in a crate and was sneaked out of town. Some say that she served as an officer under Zapata. The judgment of popular history is that she deserves the accolade of a superb guerilla commander.

A different sort of bravery was exhibited by the heroic nurse of the Dorados, Beatriz Gonzalez Ortega, who refused to distinguish between federales and villistas despite being whipped and threatened with death. Pancho Villa eventually treated Gonzalez with respect, and numerous primary schools, nursing schools, streets, and villages carry her name, a public acknowledgment of her courage and humanity. 

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 The rural and urban lower class women found it more productive to be proactive as soldiers than to continue being the victims of the Revolution. Double D Ranch views the hard and soft side of these women as a visual dream. Our Guerrera's Revolution Jacket mixes feminine lace with the masculine military for a distinctive rebel look.
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Cheryl McMullen
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11 Responses

G. Rivera
G. Rivera

May 16, 2016

Very interesting stories about the Mexican Revolution!! Being a proud American of Mexican and Spanish decent and a true Texan at heart I appreciate the history lesson. And furthermore…..I love Double D Ranch!!!

Nancy Wilkins
Nancy Wilkins

May 16, 2016

Love the history lesson and that your designs are reflective of the past…..love the Guerrera’s collection :)

Helen McCarty
Helen McCarty

May 16, 2016

WOW….They say you learn something new everyday and you all surely told me a thing or two….Very interesting and love these women for all they did….Thank you for sharing and of course LOVE all your collections….

Jackie Cole
Jackie Cole

May 16, 2016

Great story!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Jackie

sara crystal
sara crystal

May 16, 2016

love that

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

You are most welcome, Jackie. Thanks for reading Double Talk!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Yeah – so glad you liked it – I do too! I love our Texas heritage – a great mix of cultures!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Wow Diane – I was worried no one would read it – so glad it made a connection! I love history, my ancestors, our heritage – it all just ties together and comes out in a collection. Thanks for noticing!

Diane Porter
Diane Porter

May 16, 2016

I love that history doesn’t mean a boring lecture in a classroom; it is real people, individuals, just like you and me, in a far different circumstance. This is how I want my children to learn the lessons of the past. Not as dates out of a textbook, but as personal stories of those that came before us. Great stuff! Thank you.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Our past is so full of inspiration that I could draw on it for ages – thanks for reading and commenting!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Thanks Helen. I didn’t want it to sound like a history lesson but the story was just so rich that I couldn’t help but share.

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