Leonor Villegas de Magnón


Leonor Villegas de Magnón was a Laredo teacher, writer and political theorist who played a key role in the border conflict surrounding the Mexican Revolution from 1910 to 1920. Aligning herself with the revolutionary cause, she turned her school into a hospital and cared for wounded soldiers and refugees from both sides of the border. Her band of nurses became known as La Cruz Blanca—the White Cross. The nurses' efforts were recognized as vital by medical and relief authorities in Texas and Mexico.

Biography Source Information

Biographies are reprinted from the Foundation for Women’s Resources (now Women’s Resources), Dallas, Texas. They originally appeared in "From Gutsy Mavericks to Quiet Heroes: True Tales of Texas Women," video study guide, Austin: The Foundation for Women's Resources, 1997. Death dates have been added where needed.