Women in the United States Virgin Islands

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Women in the United States Virgin Islands are women who were born in, who live in, and are from the Virgin Islands of the United States, a group of islands in the Caribbean that are an insular area of the United States, and is composed of the islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. According to Countries and Their Culture, the women of the U.S. Virgin Islands are participating increasingly in the fields of economics, business, and politics.[1]

Labor and business[edit]

On October 1,1878 a labor rebellion in Saint Croix was led by the heroine of canefield workers known as "Queen Mary" .[when?](see 1878 St. Croix Labor Riots).

In 1999, the Virgin Islands Women's Business Center was established by the United States Small Business Administration in order to "encourage and train" female business entrepreneurs.[1]


There is a female Senate president and a female presiding judge of the Territorial Court.[1]

Family life[edit]

According to Countries and Their Culture there was a ratio of 1 in 3 households where the head of the family is a "single female parent", which is perhaps to an increasing rate of "unmarried teenage" pregnancies. In 1995, census data showed that there were 34% of "unmarried females" with at least an average of 2 children per family. Caring for infants is traditionally the responsibility of U.S. Virgin Islands women, which involves providing breastfeeding "supplemented by formula given in bottles"; and - in traditional households that hold on to folk beliefs - the mother would usually give the infant "bush tea" to induce sleep.[1]


In terms of educational attainment, compared to males, there is a "higher percentage of females" who finish high school.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e United States Virgin Islands, everyculture.com

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