The issues concerning women in the Caribbean were seriously brought to the fore in the 1960’s -70’s. This came out of women’s movement in the USA where issues of racial and social equality were brought to the forefront of political policies and social concerns. Barbara Bush and Lucille Mathurin-Mair were early pioneers of women’s movements. They argued for women to have a place in history and more specifically in the slave society and resistance movement. Other historians such as Rhoda reddock, Verene Sheppard and Hilary Beckles, contributed to the debate on the role of gender in Caribbean history. OBJECTIVES OF CARIBBEAN FEMINIST THOUGHT
* To address the problems of both men and women and to change the fixed social ideas each group has about each other * To place emphasis on changing gender roles
* To highlight issues such as unequal pay for similar tasks * Bringing to the forefront practices against women that can be considered discrimination Caribbean Feminist Thought also places emphasis on the advancement of women. This is done through the avenue of education and the help of the mass media. One international organization that has helped to promote women’s affairs is the UN INDO CARIBBEAN THOUGHT
Emancipation of the slaves led to the introduction of indentured labour from Asia. Indians came in large number to Guyana Trinidad and Cuba, to a lesser extent Jamaica in the 19th century. In the Caribbean they found harsh conditions, low wages, and overcrowded, dilapidated, unsanitary barracks, restricted movements, poor nutrition, overwork and disease. In response Indian protested, went on strikes, rioted and moved away from the plantation. Many of the east Indians today, try to maintain their culture with cultural and religious celebrations such as; Divali, Phagwa and Hosay. Many of the easts Indians have made significant strides by moving away from the cane fields to education, commerce and health sectors. In addition...