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Ivy Joshua
(25 December 1924 - 1992)
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Ivy Inez Joshua
Former Leader of the Opposition of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Ivy Inez Joshua was a politician and former Leader of the Opposition of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Early life

Ivy Inez McQueen was born in Grenada on 25 December 1924.  After receiving a basic education, she moved to Trinidad and Tobago, where she met Ebenezer Joshua. The couple relocated to British Guiana in 1943, where they were married before returning two years later to Trinidad to work as union organizers. Working in the trade union movement founded by Tubal Uriah Butler, the Joshuas were invited to return to Ebenezer's homeland, of Saint Vincent in March 1951 to assist George Hamilton Charles in organizing the laborers of the United Workers, Peasants and Rate Payers Union (UWPRPU).

Career

She was first elected to the Legislative Council on 12 September 1957 after winning the North Windward Constituency by a margin of 2,286 votes to 458.  At the age of 32, became the first woman member of the Legislative Council in St. Vincent & The Grenadines.  Mrs. Joshua retained he seat in five successive elections (1961, 1966, 1967, 1972, and 1974) for the People’s Political Party (PPP) led by her husband, Chief Minister E.T. Joshua.  She later lost her seat in 1979 to P.R. Ballantyne of the St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP).

In 1962, Hon. Ivy Joshua led the turbulent Mt. Bentick strikes in which the workers were demanding holiday pay.The picket line was headed by Mrs. Joshua. In the eyes of the plantocracy, as wife of the Chief Minister who was off island at the time, and as a member of the Legislative Council, Mrs. Joshua’s participating and joining the workers’ struggle was not acceptable. Perhaps it was acts like this that led to Mrs. Joshua securing her seat in six consecutive general elections, a feat that is yet unmatched.

During her illustrious career, Mrs. Joshua held a cabinet post and was later Leader of the Opposition.

Death and legacy

Ivy Joshua died in 1992,, a year after husband Ebenezer Joshua. A stretch of road in the Carib region is named the “The Ivy Joshua Highway” in her honour.

Sources
http://www.georgetownsvgrevisited.co.uk/events-in-georgetown.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivy_Joshua
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Occupation Trade Unionist, Politician
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Date of Birth 25 December 1924
Place of Birth Grenada
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Date of Death 1992
Place of Death St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Notable Accomplishments
First woman elected to parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Former Leader of the Opposition of St. Vincent and the Grenadines: 1997 - 27 October 1979
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