In 1960, Dominican Republican dictator Rafael Trujillo ordered the murders of the Mirabal sisters. He ordered the killing of Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal because of their intellectual efforts to topple the Trujillo regime. Following their murders, Trujillo was assassinated, and this brought forth commemorative efforts seeking to recognize the sisters' rebellious acts. Over time, the representation of the Mirabal sisters became racialized and gendered. Drawing on various mediums including illustrations, films and poetry, this thesis examines the representation of the Mirabal sisters through the construction of race and gender in the Dominican Republic. It also analyzes how the Dominican feminists used the representation of the Mirabal sisters to advocate for gender equality, including awareness and prevention of gender-based violence. The feminist movement helped bring global recognition for the sisters.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Masters Thesis (Campus-only Access)
Garcia, Luisa, "Las Madres Blancas: The Visual Representation and Cultural Production of the Mirabal Sisters" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1566.
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