Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, January 18, 2010

1921 WOMEN ENTER NAIROBI POLITICS

The East African Women’s League (E.A.W.L.) had long worked to better the lives of women in the British colony, but their charter did not call for them to actually get involved in politics. Therefore, when Mrs. McGregor Ross suggested at the January 1921 meeting, that the League should “take an active part in securing candidates for the forthcoming municipal elections,” the comment was ruled “out of order.” Yet the “feeling of the meeting was taken unofficially and was emphatically to the effect that women candidates should be selected and receive the support of the League.”

Not long afterwards, Mrs. Olga Watkins appeared on the list as having been nominated for the municipal council. Voting for the election was limited to those of “pure European” descent twenty one years of age or older. The voter should be able to read and write and either had to own (and reside on) property in the colony or be actively engaged in business. Married women, living with their husbands in the area were also qualified.

Mrs. Watkins was the wife of the Acting Chief Native Commissioner. In her newspaper interview, she stated that she was “chiefly interested in that side of municipal affairs that appertains to the welfare of our hones, and the women and children in Nairobi.” She also pointed out that she was NOT “standing as the representative of the Women’s League” but was “standing quite independently in the interests of women who may or may not belong to the E.A.W.L.”

Only a few days before the election, Mrs. Watkins was disqualified because “the seconder of her nomination was not on the voter’s roll.” However, by July, 1921, one of the duly elected commissioners had to leave for England and Mrs. Watkins won the seat. She made her maiden comments as a commissioner in July, 1921.


Next week: Hunting in “pyjamas.”
Clips and quotes are taken from The East African Standard.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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