The Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas

The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the culmination of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the Bahamas. The Movement took place against the dramatic backdrop of the Burma Road Riots of 1942, the General Strike of 1958, the Labour Movement of the 1950s, and the majority rule and civil rights movements. Bahamian women worked tirelessly along with men to resist and redress the racial discrimination and the political and economic inequities that permeated Bahamian society.

There were essentially two branches to the Suffrage Movement in the Bahamas. They cross-fertilised each other and merged at pivotal times to speak with one voice. Several of the key women belonged to both arms of the movement. Mary Ingraham was elected as President of the Suffrage Movement in 1957. Georgiana Symonette was the Vice-president and Eugenia Lockhart was the Treasurer. In 1958, Dr. Doris Johnson returned home from studying abroad and joined the Suffrage Movement.

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Women’s Suffrage Movement Symposium
50th Anniversary

“Commemorating the Past, Reflecting on the Present, Envisioning the Future: 1962 and Beyond”.

Excerpts from the symposium which took place March 6th – 9th, 2012 will be presented here on this website beginning March 10th, 2014. We invite you to tune in each week for a different event.

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Woman Tongue & Art

DillySeason

  • DillySeason: Maria Lee
    In July/August 2012, a team of maritime archaeologists, wreck divers, and inquisitive volunteers from Florida, Hawaii and The Bahamas...
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