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Women's Suffrage: Overview


This website is dedicated to Kate Moss, also known as Poor Black Kate, and Mary Prince, the first recorded Bahamian women to struggle for their freedom and enfranchisement.

 Over one hundred years after their deaths, five women – Mary Ingraham, Mabel Walker, Georgiana Symonette, Eugenia Lockhart and Doris Johnson – led the Women’s Suffrage Movement and fought for the enfranchisement of all Bahamian women. The documentary “Freedom, Womanish Ways & Democracy” was created to explore the story of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. This website seeks to work in tandem with the film, to make available the information that we discovered along the journey to its completion. Here you will find pictures of the five suffragists, copies of the petitions they submitted to Parliament and other documents relating to that period in our nation’s history.

 In addition to providing this material, we wish to feature the exciting work of contemporary Bahamian women and to highlight issues that they face today. Visit our blog to keep abreast of this information.

 Marion Bethel has been travelling all over the country speaking and making presentations in an effort to raise awareness about the Women’s Suffrage Movement. She would be happy to speak at a meeting of your own, and welcomes invitations in that regard. Use the contact page to submit your request.

Thank you for visiting, and please share this website with all your friends and family!