In honor of Women's History Month, let's take a moment to celebrate the brave and resilient women soldiers known as Soldaderas. These women played a significant role in shaping Mexican history, and their impact on women's rights and gender roles in society cannot be understated.
Photo: Gustavo Casasola. “Historia Grafica de Mexico 1325 - 1925 III.
Soldaderas were women who accompanied the male soldiers during the Mexican Revolution from 1910 to 1920. They cooked, cleaned, and cared for the wounded soldiers, but they also fought alongside them in battles. These women were not officially recognized as soldiers and did not receive any compensation for their services. They endured harsh conditions, such as extreme weather, lack of food and water, and exposure to diseases.
Photo:Museo Nacional de la Revolucion Mexico City.
Despite facing discrimination and misogyny, the Soldaderas demonstrated incredible bravery and strength, often being the backbone of the army. They challenged traditional gender roles and paved the way for women's participation in the military and other male-dominated fields.
The Soldaderas also contributed to the cultural and culinary heritage of Mexico. One of their creations was the famous Café de Olla, a traditional Mexican coffee made with cinnamon and piloncillo, a type of unrefined cane sugar. This sweet and spicy coffee was the perfect pick-me-up for the soldiers during long marches and battles. Today, Café de Olla is a beloved beverage in Mexican culture and can be found in Meijer and homes all around.
Photo: Soldadera sibling due at Meijer Market store Bridge Street Market.
Soldadera has taken inspiration from these women and created a cold brew coffee called Café de Olla. Soldadera celebrates the legacy of the Soldaderas and honors their contributions to womens rights, culture and history. By enjoying a cup of Café de Olla, we can pay tribute to these incredible women and their impact on society.