The Caribbean Girls Diaries


The rest of this essay argues that despite the hopes of abolitionists, in practice it meant an increase in labour demands and in intervention in their reproductive lives for enslaved women. Smitten with the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, she changed her given name from Pauline to Paule when she was 12 or 13. Marshall attended Girls’ High School in Bedstuy and subsequently enrolled in Hunter College with plans of becoming a social worker. She took ill during college and took a year off, during which time she decided to major in English Literature, eventually earning her Bachelor of Arts at Brooklyn College in 1953 and her master’s degree at Hunter College in 1955. Before Bath, no black person had served as a resident in ophthalmology at New York University and no black woman had ever served on staff as a surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center. Bath is the first African-American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose.

Moreover, a family of any Caribbean girl will treat you the same way. Caribbean girls have always hit the imagination of men with their extraordinary beauty. Their perfect body shapes and passionate look could drive anyone crazy. Three Caribbean countries have been governed by women in the last twenty years. Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana, three former British colonies, shared the experience of having been ruled by women leaders. In the case of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller is Prime Minister since January 2012, and leader of the center-left party People’s National Party , with 42 of the 63 seats in the House of Representatives. Low inflation, and foreign direct investment are features of her mandate, although the unemployment rate is still high.

The Upside to Carribean Women

To remain financially stable, some women are forced to “show up” to work, even though their productivity may be significantly decreased. The lack of knowledge and research results in clueless doctors offering wrong diagnoses, or female friends taking the pain as simple period pain.

Having a platform for the caribbean community, this is the kind of message you all are pushing to the public. Platforms that have the ability to raise standards in the minds of the public are digging the graves deeper for our black women. In 2003, Martinique celebrated the 150th anniversary of Indian arrival. Thus, the noted participation of the whole multi-ethnic population of the two islands were in these events. Modern-day immigrants from India are to be found on Saint-Martin / Sint Maarten, St. Thomas, Curaçao and other islands with duty-free commercial capabilities, where they are active in business.

For over forty years, both organizations have been exclusively investing in grassroots organizations improving women’s and LBTIQ human rights with innovative solutions. With WVL-Caribbean, the Equality Fund—just as The MATCH International Women’s Fund did in the past—is supporting Caribbean women’s rights organizations and LBTIQ groups working to advance women’s and LBTIQ rights and gender equality in the region. With WVL-Caribbean we are returning to these roots, establishing new and exciting partnerships, and leaving a lasting legacy.

In governments throughout the region, we’ve seen women as national leaders including Janet Jagen , Eugenia Charles , Portia Simpson Miller and Kamla Persad-Bissessar . In addition, the region’s women are attaining high levels of academic achievement, and now there are more female than male college graduates in total. While this is all extremely positive news for gender equality in the Caribbean, we shouldn’t rest on our laurels just yet. There is still one area of the playing field that remains to be leveled, and not just in the Caribbean, which is women succeeding as well as men as high growth entrepreneurs.

Probably more significant in terms of increasing fertility were the reductions in labour demands for pregnant women and women with children which several colonies legislated for from the 1790s onwards. The Leeward Islands Slave Code of 1798, for instance, said that women five months pregnant or more could only be asked to do 'light work’, although this kind of regulation was not always respected. In Jamaica, the small minority of women who had six living children were by law exempted from 'hard labour’ after 1792. This was precisely the opposite of what the abolitionists had forseen. They had hoped and expected that abolition of the trade would lead to a more balanced sex ratio, and to planters improving the conditions under which enslaved people lived; both of these were expected to lead to increasing populations.

It is truly amazing how many females shared their insights with me in relation to the two previous publications in this In Touch column (Caribbean Women in Science and Technology – Parts 1 and 2). Diane Abbott – The first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons. The Enrolled Nurse qualification was not recognized in the Caribbean, and they would not qualify for the senior posts. Most remained in Britain, however, because, at some point in their career, they became wives and mothers and found themselves settled with a family in England. Many Caribbean women who had come to Britain did not return home afterwards, as they had intended to do. They all held British passports, a requisite until 1962, when they were granted leave to remain here indefinitely. The NHS was established in post-war England to tackle the major social and economic problems of the day, including ill-health and disease.


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