“Distribution of clothes to poor children,” September 1, 1910. Genaro Garcia Photograph Collection, Benson Latin American Collection.


In this lesson, students will focus on how women from different socioeconomic classes experienced the Mexican Revolution. This is Lesson 3 of the Gender & Class in the Mexican Revolution unit.

Date Range: 1900-1920
Grade Levels: 9-12
Countries: Mexico
Course Subject(s): Latin American Studies; Women & Gender Studies; World Geography Studies; World History Studies
Topic(s): Mexican Revolution; Gender; Class; Porfirio Diaz; Politics; Education; Women
Teaching Time Frame: 1 day (90 minute lesson)

Guiding Questions

  • How did women express their views during this time?
  • What was education like for women during the Mexican Revolution? How did class play a factor?
  • There are not many historical records of poor women’s/soldaderas perspectives. Why might that be?

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the concept of class and how it was expressed during the Mexican Revolution. 
  2. Compare and contrast the experiences, wants, and struggles upper- and working-class women faced during this period.
  3. Articulate how class and gender intersect to inform socio-political beliefs.

Relevant Teaching Standards

AP World History Frameworks

  • 7.1: Shifting Power After 1900
    • Learning Objective: Explain how internal and external factors contributed to change in various states after 1900.
    • Historical Developments: States around the world challenged the existing political and social order, including the Mexican Revolution that arose as a result of political crisis.
  • 7.9: Causation in Global Conflict
    • Learning Objective: Explain the relative significance of the causes of global conflict in the period 1900 to present.
    • Historical Developments: Rapid advances in science and technology altered the understanding of the universe and the natural world and led to advances in communication, transportation, industry, agriculture, and medicine. Peoples and states around the world challenged the existing political and social order in varying ways, leading to unprecedented worldwide conflicts.


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Creator(s): Lia Ferrante, Graduate Student, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Augustino Fisher, Graduate Student, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, & Jackson Fisher, Graduate Student, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Women and Socioeconomic Class in Early 20th-Century Mexico (Lesson)