The ladies of La Cruz Blanca, a volunteer group of nurses founded in 1913 during the Mexican Revolution. La Cruz Blanca offered medical assistance to all soldiers despite of their political association, often risking their lives by crossing into American territory to aid the wounded.
La Cruz Blanca was founded by Leonor Villegas de Magnón, a political activist, teacher, and journalist.
(above picture of Magnón courtesy of NPS)
Aside from forming La Cruz Blaca, Magnón wrote articles in the newspaper La crónica in support of the Mexican Revolution. She also wrote La rebelde (The Lady Rebel), an autobiography that chronicles the events of the Mexican Revolution while she served for La Cruz Blanca.
Magnón’s efforts during the Mexican Revolution finally earned her five medals, making an official hero of the Revolution.
The picture of the ladies of La Cruz Blanca is courtesy of the University of Houston’s Special Online Collection, where more information can be found on Magnón, including the Spanish and English manuscript of La rebelde.