The Mirabal Sisters


The chassis of the Jeep in which the Mirabal Sisters were riding on the night of their assassination. Ronny Medina/Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

There were four Mirabal sisters -- Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dede. The sisters are national heroes in the Dominican Republic, but they weren’t very well-known elsewhere until 20 or so years ago when they became the subject of the historical novel “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez.

Tracy's Research:

  • Garcia, Franklin. “Last Surviving Mirabal Sister, Doña Dede, Dead at 88.” Huffington Post. 2/3/2014. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/franklin-garcia/last-surviving-mirabal-si_b_4713662.html
  • Pineda-Madrid, Nancy. "Celebrating our Latina feminist foremothers: a response to Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza." Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, vol. 27, no. 1, 2011, p. 110+. Business Collection, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A268652371/GPS?u=som&sid=GPS&xid=97175bfd. Accessed 30 Oct. 2018.
  • U.S. State Department Office of the Historian. ‘U.S. Invasion and Occupation of Haiti, 1915–34.” https://history.state.gov/milestones/1914-1920/haiti
  • U.S. Department of State Archive. “Dominican Republic, 1916-1924.” https://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/wwi/108649.htm
  • Roorda, Eric Paul. “Genocide Next Door: The Good Neighbor Policy, the Trujillo Ragime and the Haitian Massacre of 1937.” Diplomatic History. Vol. 20, No. 3. Summer 1996.
  • Robinson, Nancy. “Women's Political Participation in the Dominican Republic: The Case of the Mirabal Sisters.” Caribbean Quarterly. Vol. 52, No. 2/3. June-Sept. 2006. Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/40654568
  • BBC News. “'I shot the cruellest dictator in the Americas.’” 5/28/2011. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-13560512

Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, revolutions, women