The photograph, “Las Soldaderas Women of the Mexican Revolution” by Elena Poniatowska, shows insight to the life of the woman in the photograph. The woman looks as if she is in her early teenage years, perhaps 15 years of age. In addition, she is standing looking at the camera with somber, hurt and tired eyes. There is no emotion to the picture. She is holding a Mexican flag in one hand and a rifle in the other, with bullets around her neck. It seems as if she is forced to be participating in the Revolution. This photograph is completely different than the mural mentioned previously, where there is strong emotional representation from the woman. This current photograph shows a woman that may have already been through loss and is just going through the motions of the Revolution.
After reviewing the text and examining the photographs and murals, I have a better understanding of the Las Soldaderas during the Mexican Revolution. For one, I feel that the current stereotype of Latin women comes from the legacy of the soldaderas as feisty and promiscuous. However, I have found that the soldaderas were brave women who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of their family.
Comisarenco Mirkin, D. Aurora Reyes’s “Ataque a la Maestra Rural”: The First Mural Created by a Mexican Female Artist. Woman’s Art Journal, Vol. 26, No. 2. (Autumn, 2005 – Winter, 2006), pp. 19-25.