Bahamas: Special Joint Sitting of Bahamas Parliament Marks 50th Women’s Suffrage Movement

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Bahamas: Special Joint Sitting of Bahamas Parliament Marks 50th Women’s Suffrage Movement

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas passed a Resolu tion to amend the Constitution of The Bahamas through due process to remove all forms of discrimination against women.

The resolution was passed during an historic Special Joint Sitting of the Senate and the House of Assembly on the occasion of the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement on Monday, November 26, 2012.

Parliament, also on behalf of the people of The Bahamas recognised, honoured and saluted Mary Ingraham, Eugenie Lockhart, Georgina K Symonette, Mabel Walker and Dame Doris Johnson, the God fearing women who in their quest for justice and equity for all Bahamians established and led the Women’s Suffrage Movement with the support of other women.

November 26, 2012 marked the 50th Anniversary of women exercising for the first time their right to vote in The Bahamas.  What started in the 50s culminated in 1960; women won the right to vote in 1962.

Read more at The Bahamas Weekly, published 26 November 2012.

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