Eudine Barriteau exposes the precarious position of women in twentieth century Caribbean societies through analyzing the operations of gender systems. She reveals the absence of gender justice and equity, and demonstrates that after twenty-five years of policies on women, Caribbean societies still have t confronted the fundamental problem of women's subordination and the conditions that maintain this. The strategies used by developing states to focus on women are criticised as inadequate and it is recommended that state and society pay more attention to understanding the lives of women.
EUDINE BARRITEAU is Director of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. She has been a Publications Specialist at UNESCO/CARNEID and a trained teacher at St. George Secondary School, Barbados.