Dominican Phyllis Shand Allfrey, 1907-1986, poet, journalist, editor, novelist and politician, was the only woman to hold a Cabinet post-Minister of Labour and Social Affairs – in the Grantley Adams’ led Federal Government of the West Indies,1958-1962. Ms Shand held the ministerial office in the face of much heckling from some of her ministerial colleagues, who believed the woman belonged in the kitchen.
Before going to Port-of -Spain, site of the federal government, Ms Shand published The Orchid House in 1953, a novel that has won the status of ‘Caribbean classic’.
Shand, founder of the Dominica Labour Party in 1955, died in 1986.
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