In Mexico's Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women
(SUNY Press, 2017), Christine Arce
rightfully stresses that these two figures have greatly influenced Mexico's national identity, arts, and popular culture. However, their personal names and presences have remained hardly recognized by the state and in the historical narratives. Through a skillful and deep archival research, Arce brings to the readers attention not only the legacy of these women, the spaces they inhabited, and their impact during different moments in history the colonial era, the Mexican revolution, the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1930s-1950s but also the complex relations they had with the government. The critical narrative of Arce challenges the nobodiness,
] that these women had underwent for a very long time.
Pamela Fuentes is Assistant Professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Department, Pace University, NYC campus.