Women Who Dared

Professor Rhoda Reddock

Professor Emerita Rhoda Reddock

Professor Rhoda Reddock​

Rhoda Reddock is emerita professor of Gender, Social Change and Development and former deputy campus principal of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus.  A former head of the Centre (now Institute) for Gender and Development Studies she is also a former lecturer in sociology.  After completing her undergraduate studies at The University of the West Indies, Mona and St. Augustine campuses, she did her masters at the Institute for Social Studies, The Hague and Doctorate at the University of Amsterdam.  An activist in the Caribbean Women’s movement she was a founding member and first chair of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA). A former president of Research Committee-32 (Women and Society) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) (1994-1998), she currently serves on the Executive Committee of the ISA and is a board member of Research Committee 05, Racism, Indigeneity, Ethnicity and Nationalism. She has also served on the Council of the Caribbean Studies Association.

Among Professor Reddock’s numerous publications are, Women, Labour and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago: A History, Zed Books, 1994 which was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book for 1995, Plantation Women: International Experiences, Berg, 1998 co- edited with Shobhita Jain,  Caribbean Sociology: Introductory Readings edited with Christine Barrow, 2000 and the edited collection Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities, The UWI Press, 2004, winner of the best-selling textbook award of 2004-2007, and most recently the co-edited volume, Sex Power and Taboo, Ian Randle, 2009. She has also published over 70 peer reviewed chapters and book chapters.

Professor Reddock is the recipient of numerous national, regional and international awards including the Triennial CARICOM Award for Women 2002, a distinguished Fulbright New Century Scholars Award in 2005-2006; and an honorary doctorate from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, 2012. Most recently, she was elected to the United Nations Committee on CEDAW (The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women) for the 2019-2023 term. She has recently completed a term as visiting professor at Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.