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The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 and lasted for several years. It ended dictatorship in the country and started a new age for Mexico. Many women took part in the long conflict. Some “soldaderas,” as they were called, took on traditional roles and provided services like nursing. Others fought with guns. Some pretended to be men. They dressed like men to protect themselves against violence from other soldiers and officials. Amelio Robles (born Amelia) dressed as a man and lived as a man during and after the war. Robles is believed to be one of the first transgender persons in Latin American history.

Read more about the soldaderas.

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