Women's Suffrage Movement

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The Suffrage Movement in the Bahamas had its origins in the emerging Black middle-class of the "over-the-hill" area of Nassau. Notable women such as Dame Doris Johnson, Mary Ingraham, Eugenia Lockhart, Mabel Walker and Georgianna Symonette has made countless triumphs toward the equal rights of all women in the Bahamas in The Women’s Suffrage Movement. This movement’s main purpose was to ensure that all women would have a right to practice the franchise. Sir Randol Fawkes described the struggle for the enfranchisement of women in his book, “The Faith That Moved the Mountain”. where he states, "More than half of the adult population of the Bahamas - the women - still remained voteless. In 1958, they lagged far behind their male counterparts in the field of human rights. The chief roadblocks to full citizenship for Bahamian women were the traditional attitudes of men and women towards their respective roles in society, the lack of equal training and education, vocational guidance and counseling in the school, the division of the labour market into traditionally male and female sectors, and lack of child-care facilities for working mothers". Sir Randol detailed other disadvantages women faced including the inheritance law of primogeniture and the inadequate maintenance laws for child support.
However, this is not the only thing that resulted in the hard work of the women apart of this movement. In fact, even the amount of times you could have voted and the men’s vote was affected positively through the efforts of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Because of the Women’s Suffrage Movement’s Positive effects on the voting of all citizens’, and we can clearly see their important role in the “Quiet Revolution”.

In the mid twentieth, the Bahamas was gaining strength towards independence, both indirect and direct protesting. In the elections before 1962, women,…...

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