Interview with Milagros Ortiz Bosch

Born in Santo Domingo in 1936 during the Trujillo Dictatorship, Ms. Ortiz Bosch was introduced into activism and political life as a child due to the persecution her family experienced under the regime. After the Mirabal Sisters were murdered by Trujillo in 1960, she became the most important female figure in national politics. A lawyer, entrepreneur and thinker, Ortiz Bosch became the first woman to occupy a seat in the senate, the congress and eventually became the first woman vice-president of the republic. Currently at age 82 she continues to be outspoken about women’s rights, women’s role in politics and democratic values. In these interviews Ortiz Bosch talks about the active role of Dominican women in the anti-dictatorship struggles of the 1950s and 60s and in the advent and aftermath of the 1965 revolution.