Biography

Las Hermanas Mirabal,Patria Mercedes Mirabal, Belgica Adela Mirabal-Reyes, Maria Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia Maria Teresa Mirabal, opposed the rule of the Dominican Dictator Rafael Trujillo. I believe that these courageous women also known as “Las Mariposas” are more than qualified to be representatives on the council for change.These women grew up in a upper class environment and they even had light skinned privilege, but despite this they still felt it was their duty to help those not as fortunate as them. It should be noted that with their privileged back ground these outstanding women had little extrinsic motivation to organize the take down of a regime. The sisters were all well educated so they kept written records of some of the things they accomplished. These women had children and husbands who could have taken care of them, but they didn’t opt for a comfortable life. They have earned a seat in the council because they have made a lasting and radical change in Dominican society, culture and politics. These women were key to the removal of a racist and bloody dictatorship. In a Machista country like the Dominican Republic they have helped carve out a place for women in politics. These women helped the Dominican Republic become a legitimate democracy. Minerva and Maria Teresa were imprisoned several times for their beliefs. They were also tortured and sexually harassed while imprisoned.  Even though they suffered through so much these valiant women held steadfast to their beliefs and continued to oppose the corrupt government. On November 25th 1960 Three of the sisters,  Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa were assassinated. The fourth sister Belgica Adela Mirabal-Reyes lives on and tells the story of her brave sisters. She continues to tell the story of her sisters to this day in a museum dedicated to them. Belgica Mirabal has  Las Hemanas Mirabal commenced the fourteenth of June movement, which was organized in order to bring about the defeat of the dictator Trujillo. My nominees would most likely tackle the problem of violence against women. The United Nations General Assembly has honored Las Hermanas Mirabal by appointing November 25 as the international Day for the Elimination of Violence against women. Las Hermanas Mirabal would most likely unite groups of women and men in order to pass legislation to punish and therefore discourage violence against women. Minerva Mirabal studied law and became a lawyer but she was never allowed to practice.The sisters would probably remain political for the rest of their lives. If they had continued to live they would have most likely been voted into office. They have garnered the love of the people in their country for generations to come, and their memory will continue to live on forever. The sisters have been honored around the world by women and men. several movies, books, poems and songs have been dedicated to remembering their achievements. They brought about a large amount of positive change, indubitably they deserve a place in the council for change.

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