May 5, 2017

Gwendolyn Margaret Lizarraga, MBE (11 July 1901 – 9 June 1975) commonly known as Madam Liz, was a Belizean businesswoman, women's rights activist and politician. She was the first woman elected to the British Honduras Legislative Assembly (now the Belize House of Representatives) and the first woman to serve as a government minister in British Honduras, now Belize. 1961 marked the first year that women were allowed to run in the country's national elections.In April, Gwendolyn Lizarraga became the first woman elected to the National Assembly of British Honduras. She won the Pickstock division with 69% of the votes. Subsequently, she was appointed as Minister of Education, Housing and Social Services, making her the first female Minister in the country, as well. She was reelected in 1965 and 1969, both times also being reappointed as Minister of Education, Housing and Social Services. In 1969, she spearheaded a project to build low-cost housing in the neighborhoods of King’s Park, Lake Independence and Queen’s Square. Lizarraga staunchly opposed granting casino concessions in the country and spoke out about her concerns.

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