On November 20, 1910, the armed conflict in Mexico known as "La Revolución Mexicana" (the Mexican Revolution) began.
After 34 years of exercising power in the country, the achievements of the dictatorship of Oaxaca's General Porfirio Diaz were dismissed because of the failures. The high economic and social costs during the government led to a political opposition that began at the beginning of the 20th century.
"Las Adelitas" played a very important role in this armed conflict. They were women who participated actively in the war and held various positions: soldiers, cooks, nurses, and assistants.
Due to the necessity of the casualties and deaths in the battles, the Adelitas had to take these roles, which previously were only performed by men, opening an opportunity to break the bubble that women should not participate in public life.
In this way they would begin to participate in matters of general interest that would serve as a charter later on when the way to female suffrage was opened.These days many girls are dressed as "Adelitas" to celebrate the anniversary of the Revolution, so it is essential to know the meaning and history of this outfit: the courage of these women, not only to face the adversaries but the same "allies," now revolutionary heroes, who rejected them or hid them because of the macho ego of the time.