This edited collection answers these questions by focusing on women’s political leadership, electoral quota systems, national gender policies and transformational leadership as four feminist strategies that aim to engender democracy and citizenship. It offers a rich historical, comparative and ethnographic
perspective on the lived experience of these strategies through case studies of Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Dominica, Jamaica and St. Lucia. Drawing on national policy debates, election campaigns, state officials’ solidarities, men’s gender consciousness and women leaders’ life histories across these five
Caribbean countries, the collection assesses the successes of transnational feminist efforts, the resilience of masculinist resistances, the limits of gender mainstreaming and the possibilities for gender justice in and beyond the Caribbean today.
National Gender Policy, Ramona Biholar / 5. The Patriarchal State and the Development of Gender Policy in Jamaica, Maziki Thame and Dhanaraj Thakur/ Part III: Gender Quotas: Parliamentary
Provisions without Power? / 6. Getting to One-Third? Creating Legislative Access for Women to Political Space in Guyana, Natalie Persadie / 7. Advancing Gender Justice? The Opportunities, Resistances, and Limitations of Guyana’s Quota System, Iman Khan / Part IV: Transformational Leadership: Feminist Pedagogies, Neo-liberal Empowerment / 8. Feminist/Womanist Advocacy Toward Transformational Leadership in the Anglophone Caribbean: The Interplay of Individual and Collective Agency, Shirley Campbell / 9. Enactments, Contestations, and Possibilities of Women’s
Transformational Leadership in the Anglophone Caribbean, Denise Blackstock /Afterword
Jane Parpart is Research Professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at McCormack Graduate School in the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is coeditor with Marysia Zalewski of Rethinking the Man Question: Sex, Gender and Violence in International
Relations (2008), and co-author of Women, Employment and the Family in the International Division of Labour (2013)