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iii FOREWORD Caribbean Quarterly, Volume 55, No.3. 2009celebrates the iconic role of women in nation-building and societal formation. The papers were originally presented as part of a Lecture Series concieved and organised by the Director of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, of the Open Campus, UWI. Each paper was presented at a different venue, thus giving the University's many constituents in the far flung region of the Commonwealth Caribbean the opportunity to be able to engage issues of Caribbean development that have long been of intellectual and cultural concern to their very own University. The team of presenters comprised mostly academics who were associated with the Open campus. In the preceeding dispensation many served as Resident Tutors or Staff Tutors in the sites serviced by the UWI and now the Heads in the Open campus units located in contributing territories of the UWI. But all were appointed as academics as well as administrators. Also, such eminent persons as Dame Desiree Bernard of the Caribbean Court of Justice, and Professor, Sir Hilary Beckles, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Campus presented. I myself
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