Changing Gender Roles

Mexico: multiple modernities

CHAPTER 4: Changing gender roles

Many women fought side-by-side with the men in the Mexican Revolution, challenging traditional gender roles. During the post-revolutionary period, this trend continued through an increased participation of women in public life and professional circles, including the visual arts. Both male and female artists explored how modernization and social change were sometimes met with a sense of anxiety, especially regarding new professional opportunities that opened for women in Mexico and elsewhere.

Image credit:
José Chávez Morado
La conspiración [Conspiracy], from the portfolio Vida nocturna de la ciudad de México [Mexico City’s Nightlife], 1936 (detail)
Linocut
The Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
University purchase, 1966; Transfer from the Harry Ransom Center, 1982

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