The Role of Women in the Mexican Cristero Rebellion: Las Señoras Y Las Religiosas

Barbara Miller
1984 The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History  
Participation of women in the Cristero rebellion, the Catholic uprising against the anti-clerical revolutionary government of Mexico, has largely been ignored by historians. A fresh reading of the documents, and more important, conversations with the principal women in the movement, reveal that the traditional role of women in the church gave way to changed behavior in the 1920s. Not only were Catholic women of a traditionally oriented society capable of assuming leadership in a violent
more » ... n a violent enterprise, but they were equally capable of falling back into their conservative patterns once the crisis had ended. Nevertheless, the vital role women played in the church-state conflict prepared them for the emerging role of women in the twentieth century.
doi:10.2307/981116 fatcat:cflyio7rrfhrbmordtkd2v2ymi