Lucille Mair

Lucille Mair (1924 - 2009) was well-known for her historical study of women in Jamaica. She was as ambassador to the United Nations. Lucille Mair became Secretary-General of the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women held in Copenhagen in 1980 at the mid-point of the Decade for Women.

In 1983, she was invited to serve as Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on the Question of Palestine which was held in Geneva and she also became a special adviser to UNICEF on Women's Development. She was also as first woman to hold the title of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

She was interested in women’s rights, in particular health. She argued that 'If a woman's health is not good, she more than likely holds a subordinate status in her society.'

Dr. Lucille Mathurin Mair was accorded the highly deserved honour of fifth recipient of the CARICOM Triennial Award in 1996, and she is also a Founding member of development alternative with women for a new era (DAWN).

The Institute of Social Studies awarded its honorary doctorate to Lucille Mair in 1988.




The Rebel Woman in the British West Indies During Slavery/Lucille Mair and Dennis Ranston/ Institute of Jamaica Publications, 2002.

Recollections of a Journey into a Rebel Past/ Lucille Mair/ In Caribbean Women Writers: Essays from the First International Conference. pp. 51-60, 1990

Women Fieldworkers in Jamaica During Slavery/ Lucille Mair/ Mona, Jamaica, Department of History, University of the West Indies, 1987.

The Rebel Woman in the West Indies During Slavery/ Lucille Mair/ Kingston:The Institute of Jamaica, 1975.

A Historical Study of Women in Jamaica from 1655-1844/ Lucille Mair/ Ph.D. dissertation, University of the West Indies, 1974.


Women: A Decade Is Time Enough/ Lucille Mathurin Mair/ Taylor&Francis, Ltd : Third World Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 583-593, 1986

Adult learning, women and development/ Cecille Mair/ Journal Prospects Vol. 7, Number 2: Springer Netherlands, 1977

The Arrival of Black Woman/ Lucille Mair/ Jamaica Journal, 9, 2-3 , pp. 1-10, 1975.

Other Resources

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

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