Caribbean women

There is a Haitian saying that might upset the aesthetic sensibilities of some women. ‘Nou lèd, nou la,’ it says. 'We are ugly, but we are here.’ Like the modesty that is common in rural Haitian culture, this saying makes a deeper claim for poor Haitian women than maintaining beauty, be it skin-deep or otherwise. For women like my grandmother, what is worth celebrating is the fact that we are here, that against all odds, we exist.
—  Edwidge Danticat, “We Are Ugly, but We Are Here,” Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean 
Readings on Indo-Caribbean Women/Feminism

Indo-Caribbean Feminisms: Charting Crossings in Geography, Discourse, and PoliticsGabrielle Jamela Hossein and Lisa Outar

Changing Symbols of Indo-Caribbean FemininityPatricia Mohammed

Calypso and Krishna’s Flute: The Indo-Caribbean Woman’s Moving BodyAnanya Kabir

Fictions of the Past: Staging Indianness, Identity, and Sexuality Among Young Women in Indo-Trinidadian Beauty PageantsAnusha Ragbir

The Queer Potential: (Indo-)Caribbean Feminisms and HeteronormativityLauren Pragg

BOOKS (text not included)

Mobilizing India: Women, Music, and Migration between India and Trinidad by Tejaswini Niranjana

Diasporic Dis(Locations): Indo-Caribbean Women Writers Negotiate the Kala Pani by Brinda J. Mehta 

Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature by Joy Mahabir and Miriam Pirbhai

Bindi: The Multi-Faceted Lives of Indo-Caribbean Women by Rosanne Kanhai

Matikor: The Politics of Identity for Indo-Caribbean Women by Rosanne Kanhai