Before there were cholas, there were pachucas. These fearless Chicana ladies, in towns such as El Paso (known as Chuco Town), Los Angeles, and Tucson, redefined what it meant to be a woman in 1940s America.
While women at the time were expected to stay home and be good girls, pachucas wore men’s clothes and hung out with their boyfriends. They spoke Caló, challenged gender norms, and were way ahead of their time. They were also stylish. Here are the 10 things these dope pachucas were rocking during the (1930s and) ’40s.