Women in Caribbean Politics

Women in Caribbean Politics

By Cynthia Barrow Giles
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Book Description

Historically, women have been under-represented in politics. Patriarchal political parties, debilitating customs and discriminatory selection processes, and obstructionist attitudes have generally contributed to the inability of women to enter mainstream political life in a significant way. In Women in Caribbean Politics Cynthia Barrow-Giles and her co-contributors profile 20 of the most influential women in modern Caribbean politics who have struggled and excelled, in spite of the obstacles.

Divided into four parts, this volume looks at women who led the struggle for freedom; those who agitated for equal rights and justice in the pre-independence period; postcolonial trailblazers; as well as a group which Cynthia Barrow-Giles refers to as ‘Women CEOs.’

The profiles cover women from 12 territories, with varying political, ethnic and socio-economic issues. Anyone with an interest in Caribbean Politics or Gender Studies will find Women in Caribbean Politics to be an excellent introduction. For students and teachers, it will be a valuable resource, as it highlights some of the little-known stories of Caribbean women who have set the foundation for, and continue to help to shape the identity of their nations and the region on a whole.

Table of Contents
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Tables
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: The Struggle for Women’s Political Participation in the Caribbean
  • Part 1: Slave Women: Fearless Warriors
    • Chapter 1: Queen Nanny of the Jamaican Maroons: A Study of Women’s Leadership in the Caribbean
    • Chapter 2: Nanny Grigg and the 1816 Bussa Rebellion in Barbados: The Forgotten Hero(ine)
    • Chapter 3: Marie Philomène Roptus Born Lumina Sophie aka Surprise
  • Part 2: Clearing a Path: Women of the 1940s–’70s
    • Chapter 4: Edna Ermyntrude ‘Ermie’ Bourne: Breaking the Ice – Barbadian Pioneer
    • Chapter 5: Grace Augustin: Feminist Trailblazer or Defender of Colonialism? Unravelling the Contradictions of St Lucia’s First Female Legislator
    • Chapter 6: At Home in the House of Parliament: Mabel Moir James
    • Chapter 7: Ivy Joshua Nobody’s ‘Sidekick’ and a Lot More, than a High Heeled Woman
    • Chapter 8: Dame Doris Louise Johnson: A Bahamian Heroine – A ‘First’
  • Part 3: Women on the Move
    • Chapter 9: Pennelope Beckles: A Life of Social and Political Activism
    • Chapter 10: Sylvia Flores: The Humble and Patient Politician
    • Chapter 11: Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Creft and Grenadian Radicalism
    • Chapter 12: Dame Billie Miller: Her Political Journey
    • Chapter 13: Breaking the Barriers: A Brief Examination of Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange
    • Chapter 14: Mia Amor Mottley: Divine Right to Rule or Change Agent?
  • Part 4: Female Chief Executives and Heads of State Blazing a Trail
    • Chapter 15: Eugenia Charles: A Biographic Overview of Her Public Life
    • Chapter 16: Born to Serve: The Political Life of the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller
    • Chapter 17: Feminism in High Heels? Sila María Calderón: The First Woman Governor of Puerto Rico
    • Chapter 18: The Indo-Trinidadian Woman in Politics: Kamla ‘Kamla’ Persad-Bissessar
    • Chapter 19: Janet Jagan and the Politics of Ethnicity in Guyana
    • Chapter 20: Warrior with a Gentle Touch: Dame Nita Barrow
  • Bibliography
  • Contributors
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