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Women in Politics in Anguilla
Women acquired the right to vote and to become members of parliament since universal suffrage was attained for St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla in 1952.  Women have been actively involved in politics in Anguilla, including leading the struggle for Anguilla’s freedom and self-rule.
TRAILBLAZERS

To date, only two women, Idalia Gumbs and Abena Lake-Hodge, have sat as elected members of the House of Assembly. Idalia Gumbs was the first woman to become a member of Anguilla’s legislature with her appointment, in 1972, as a Nominated Member of the Anguilla Council on the recommendation of Ronald Webster, the island’s political leader. Four years later (in 1976) she and Albena Lake-Hodge (Teacher Albena), who were members of Webster’s People Progressive Party (PPP), won seats in the Legislative Assembly. Teacher Albena was appointed Minister of Social Services.

Idalia
GUMBS

Idalia GUMBS was the first woman to become a member of Anguilla’s legislature in 1972, as a Nominated Member of the Anguilla Council.  She became and an Elected Representative in 1976. Gumbs also served as Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism.

Albena
LAKE-HODGE

Former educator Albena (Teacher Albena) LAKE-HODGE was elected to the House of Assembly in 1976 and served as Minister of Social Services (1976-1980) and Minister of Education and Second in the Cabinet (1984-1985).  She died in office in 1985.

WOMEN CANDIDATES

Four women unsuccessfully contested the 1989 general election. They were Ophelia Richardson, Orealia Kelly, Lolita Davis-Ifill and Omah Richardson.

In 1999, after a 10-year break, Anguilla’s women returned to the political platform with Barbara Webster contesting the Island Harbour seat and Blondell Rodgiers The Valley South seat..  As in 1989, neither candidate was successful.  Nonetheless, in every general election thereafter, female candidates contested for seats.

Four women contested the 2000 general election: Barbara Webster, Margaret Augustus, Joyce Kentish and Rhona Richardson. Three contested the 2005 election: Barbara Webster, Anne Edwards and Rhona Richardson; and Palmavon Webster and Cora Richardson-Hodge contested the 2010 election.  All were unsuccessful in their bids.

FIRST WOMAN SPEAKER

On 26 February 2010, Barbara Webster-Bourne became the first woman to be elected to the position of Speaker of the House of Assembly following the victory of the Anguilla United Movement in the 15 February 2015 election.

Hon. Barbara WEBSTER-BOURNE

Barbara WEBSTER-BOURNE, an educator, is the first irst woman to be elected to the position of Speaker of the House of Assembly. She was elected following the victory of the Anguilla United Movement in the 15 February 2015 election.

Mrs. Webster-Bourne has unsuccessfully contest three election in the Island Harbour District - 1999 (ADP), 2000 (IND), 2005 (2010).

WOMEN IN ELECTION 2015

Four female candidates - three lawyers, Palmavon Webster, Cora Richardson-Hodge and Kristy Richardson-Harrigan, and one senior retired public servant, Evalie Bradley contestested the 2015 election. Webster, Richardson-Hodge, and Bradley were all victorious in their specific districts, representing the first return of elected women representatives in 30 years.

Palmavon
WEBSTER
IND, District 1
Cora
RICHARDSON-HODGE
AUF, District 2
Evalie
BRADLEY
AUF, District 5
Kristy
RICHARDSON-HARRIGAN
AUM, District 7
Key
AUF = Anguilla United Front; AUM = Anguilla United Movement; DOVE = The DOVE Party; IND = Independent; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
http://www.guide2womenleaders.com/Anguilla.htm
http://theanguillian.com/2013/11/bringing-in-the-sheaves-by-colville-l-petty/
Abstracts from Women in Anguilla Elections: A Retrospective Of The Women Who’ve Sought Political Office In Anguilla by Colville L. Petty, OBE.
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