Gender Exclusion, Labour Organization and Political Leadership in Antigua 1917-1970
The long overlooked history of the role of the British Trades Union Congress (TUC) in facilitating the end of British colonialism is one of the surprising stories of this book, as is the astonishing role of women. Despite their exclusion from labour and trade union history, oral sources show women played a key role as labour organizers who defied employers by planning meetings and actively recruiting union members. They were always there, as domestic workers in urban areas, in the fields and in the factories. They served as recruiters and organizers, carried the lights for outdoor meetings and encouraged and stood behind the union leaders. Despite their central role, they did not «jump out», and their stories became forgotten, overlooked even, in the history of Caribbean labour.
Table 1 Antigua Sugar Production in the Late Nineteenth Century 49 Table 2 Race And Gender in the Census of 1911 61 Table 3 Leeward Island Volunteers and World War I West India Regiment of 1915 66 Table 4 The Female Majority in Antigua and Barbuda 1911 79 Table 5 No Small Group: The Unmarried Females of Antigua and Barbuda 80 Table 6 Wages on Sugar Estates in Antigua 145 Table 7 Translating British Pounds into Local Currency 145 Table 8 Exposing the Unemployment and Underemployment in the Soulbury Report 200 Table 9 White Creole Deputation 1957 205 Table 10 Political Change of 1960 209
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