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March is Women’s History Month, an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. The focal point of the observance is 8 March, which is Intern...ational Women’s Day. This year’s theme, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commit- ment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have dem- onstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full po- tential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women’s experience. Here we highlight the lives of key figures who have contributed to the development of the Caribbean or have made significant contributions in the diaspora

Dame Mary Eugenia Charles
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15 May 1919 - 6 Sep 2005

Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, DBE has the distinction of being the first female lawyer in her native land of Dominica and the first female to be elected Prime Minister in the Caribbean.

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Shirley Anita Chisholm
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30 Nov 1924 - 1 Jan 2005

Born in the United States of Caribbean pararents, Shirley Chisholm was first black US congresswoman (1969), first -party African-American candidate to run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency (1972).

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Jean Augustine
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born 9 Sep 1937

In 1993, Grenadian-born, Canadian politician Jean Augustine became the first Black woman elected to the Parliament of Canada. An energetic advocate of social justice, she worked as the principal of an elementary school before entering federal politics.

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Baroness Patricia Scotland
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born 9 August 1955

Born in Dominica, Patricia Janet, Baroness Scotland of Asthal is a British barrister, and served in many ministerial positions within the UK Government, most notably as the Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland.

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Baroness Valerie Amos of Brondesbury
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born 13 Mar 1954

Born in Guyana, Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos, is the current UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. She previous served as British High Commissioner to Australia; and served as Leader of the House of Lords.

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