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The Time for Butterflies

Inspired by Dominican heroines, author Julia Alvarez urges us to emerge from our cocoons

En español | It is now 50 years since the Mirabal sisters were murdered. Those 50 years mark the beginning of a journey of the Dominican Republic toward democracy. Their murder on November 25, 1960, shocked and mobilized the nation, ultimately toppling the 31-year dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo six months later.

Many of the young people growing up now have never heard of the Mirabal sisters. Or if they have, they think of them as famous heroines in the hazy cloud of history. In fact, they were ordinary women who did something extraordinary: They saw a need for leadership in their community and they came forward to fill it.
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