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Women and the Sandinista Revolution

by Gettysburg College

*Remote Engagement -Virtual Calendar

Mon, Jan 18, 2021

12 PM – 1:30 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Event Title: Women and the Sandinista Revolution
Organization: Break Term

In 1979, the Sandinista Revolution overthrew the oppressive 43-year Somoza family dictatorship. Join CPS and Project Gettysburg-León friend and partner, Mercedes Alvarez Valle as she shares personal narratives to explore women in Nicaragua, their role in the revolutionary struggle and the work for social justice.


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Mercedes Alvarez Valle

Founder and Director


María Mercedes Álvarez Valle of Nicaragua is the co-founder of the non-profit FUPROSOMUNIC, the Spanish-language acronym for The Solar Women’s Project of Nicaragua.  She has a master’s in chemical engineering and has also worked for other non-profits such as Sustainable Harvest International and Artists For Soup.  She was born in rural Nicaragua and is the first person in her family to have graduated high school and she then continued her education past that.  During the 1980’s when Mercedes was in high school, she spent a year as a rural volunteer during the government literacy campaign that raised literacy in Nicaragua from 20% to 80% over the course of two years.  She later served for four years in the government military during the Contra war era of the 1980’s.  She has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States.  

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