“A Women’s History of Haiti”

Somebody needs to write a book or a doctoral dissertation on “A Women’s History of Haiti,” whose content may include the following discussions and studies:

  1. Saint-Domingue (Part 1): the book should investigate the everyday life of the colony with a specific focus on the daily activities and functions of enslaved black women and their struggle to end the colony’s class and race systems, and their fight against colonial oppression, slavery, and abuse against women; it would be nice to include a chapter on women as maroons or run-away slaves;
  2. Saint-Domingue (Part 2): Should highlight the contributions of “mixed women” (See, Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s novel, “Dance on the Volcano,” Jean Fouchard’s “Le theatre a Saint-Domingue”) to desegregate Saint-Domingue’s high culture and women’s specific demands of equal (political) rights and equal treatment in the colony;
  3. Saint-Domingue (Part 3): Should underscore women’s specific contributions to the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804); should look at the story of the revolution from the perspective of women; in other words, the book should center the story on women;
  4. Postcolonial Haiti: should discuss the roles and functions women played in the emergence of the first political postcolonial Haitian government and throughout the first sixty years of the new nation (1804-1860);
  5. Postcolonial Haiti: should investigate the role of women in public education before the Concordat (1860) and after the Concordat was signed (1860-1915);
  6. Postcolonial Haiti: should study women’s continual participation in the country’s political affairs and systems, from 1860 to 1915;
  7. Postcolonial Haiti and the American Occupation (1915-1934): should investigate the rise of women professionals and intellectuals and their campaign against American imperialism in Haiti;
  8. Postcolonial Haiti and the struggle for Women’s rights: should study the works of women intellectuals and feminists associating with “La Voix des Femmes” (a journal) and “La Ligue Feminine d’Action Social” (a women’s rights organization);
  9. The Literature of Haitian Women: accent should be placed on the literary achievements of women and their unique contributions to the country’s literature and intellectual life (1915-1960s) (See for example, Myriam J. A. Chancy Chancy’s “Framing Silence” Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women”);
  10. Military Regimes and Duvaliers (1957 to 1971, and 1971-1986): should bring to surface women political activism and struggle against Haitian totalitarianism and state-sponsored violence (see the works of Marie Vieux-Chauvet) during the administrations of both Duvalier (“Papa Doc” and “Baby Doc”);
  11. Women and the Lavalas Movement: should study the enormous contributions of women as politico-social activists and freedom fighters in the successful election of Jean-Bertrand Aristide as President of Haiti, as well as their fight against Macoutism and American-Western interventions in the country’s politics;
  12. Women and the Haitian church: evidently, the Haitian church does not exist without the active participation and engagement of women as ministers, preachers, missionaries, and religious educators; for example, women are the backbone of Haitian Protestant Christianity, and without them, contemporary Haitian Protestantism, especially the Evangelical branch, would have declined and eventually died off in the Haitian society; and
  13. Women and the economic life of Haiti: Haitian women are the “poto mitan” (“pillars” or “centers”) of the country’s economic survival and development; Haitian women wear many hats as vendors, merchants, traders, businesswomen, dealers, bankers, financial advisors, etc.

***When you write that book or doctoral dissertation in English with respect to a Woman’s perspective on Haitian History, make sure you send me a copy in the mail! 😊



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