The changing status of women in the contemporary Caribbean
It is indeed a challenge to attempt a general overview of the changing status of women in the Caribbean, given the many differences in colonial experience, language, cultural traditions, political/economic systems and regimes, relationships with diverse metropolitan powers, and their particular location in the international economic order. Additionally, the differing levels of social and economic development, the ethnic/racial, cultural, religious and class differences, as well as the diversity in sexual orientation and other social dimensions among women, within and among countries, all contribute to the various ways in which women’s activism and achievements have occurred. Contacts have also historically been greater within linguistic subregions and with the countries that were their own métropoles, while non-independent nations, of which the Caribbean has a fair number, have been even more isolated from regional developments.1
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