Born in a small town in the Dominican Republic, the Mirabal sisters lived at a time when the country was under the merciless rule of a dictatorship.
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Author Guest Post
Why Do I Write About Hispanic Women?
Since the explosion of technology and the Internet, children seem to live immersed in a world of music videos, video games, and TV; but, do they know about the people who came before them, who have affected their lives so much more than they even realize?
I write about Hispanics because I want to highlight a little bit of my Hispanic history—and perhaps— inspire our young readers who will be the leaders of tomorrow.
Why women? You may well ask. Throughout history, women have been undermined, oppressed, and underrepresented. At different points in history, women have not been able to go out in public, to drive cars, to study, to work, to vote, or even to take credit for their accomplishments. Finally, we can now do all those things and more. Don’t get me wrong. There are still more things we need to achieve, but I am positive we will get there.
With books like “The Mirabal Sisters,” “María Montez,” “Mama Tingo,” and “Little Giants” I hope to motivate and inspire our children today to accomplish great things tomorrow based on the example of role models from the past and present. They need to learn about, and remember the contributions of women in history to be encouraged and inspired to lead the future; and Hispanic women have a lot of history to tell as well.
About the Book
The Mirabal Siters
From Caterpillars to Butterflies
by Raynelda A. Calderón
Illustrated by Maria Ocampo
Published 1 March 2022
Cayena Press Inc
Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction
Page Count: 48
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Born in a small town in the Dominican Republic, the Mirabal sisters lived at a time when the country was under the merciless rule of a dictatorship. Their deaths on November 25, 1960 (at ages 36, 34, and 25), have received international coverage. In their honor, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed annually on November 25.
About the Author
Raynelda A. Calderón, a Dominican native who lives in Queens, NY, is a children’s book author who has worked in public libraries for more than 15 years. She holds a doctorate in leadership in higher education, and she has taught Information Literacy at various colleges, most recently at Bronx Community College. As a librarian, working with children inspires Raynelda to write about the accomplishments of Hispanic women in history. She hopes to inspire young readers to follow their passions and never take no for an answer. Raynelda is the creator of the first Hispanic Heritage wall calendar that honors the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans in the United States. She lives with an untamed Shih Tzu, Toby, and a much attached Chihuahua, Maya. She spends her free time thinking (and drafting) about books to write, or painting, crocheting, or crying over abused dogs.
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