Women's Labours in the Caribbean

  • Michele Johnson York University
Keywords: Indo-Caribbean women, Indentured workers, Occupational mobility, Women agricultural laborers


This paper argues that Caribbean societies have always depended on significant amounts of women's labour for their social, economic and cultural development. It describes how, even so, that work has been largely devalued and/or unrecognised except in contested ways.

Author Biography

Michele Johnson, York University
Michele Johnson, York University, has taught at the University of West Indies (Mona) and her research interests and publications reflect an interest in Jamaican cultural history (1865-1920) and the history of domestic service in Jamaica (1920-1970).