The Big Read Blog (Archive)

November 25, 1960

Washington, DC

The Dominican Mirabal sisters famously fought for justice in one of the longest running (and most brutal) dictatorships in history. Author Julia Alvarez beautifully captured this dark period in a fictionalized account of the Trujillo dictatorship in her novel, In the Time of the Butterflies. Known in the underground movement as las mariposas, (or, the butterflies), the four sisters---Dede, Minerva, Patria, and Mate---literally changed the world. In this audio clip, we hear from Professor Max Paul Friedman about the monumental impact these brave women had not only on their country but on the effort to eliminate violence against women around the world. In fact, the day they were murdered---November 25---is now the official International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/maxonviolence.mp3]

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To hear the rest of the Big Read audio guide about Julia Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies, please visit the Big Read website.

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