Much of this early work was due to the foresight and dynamism of Mrs. Laurine Payne ably supported by Mrs. Maradell Greene and Mrs. Joan Graham.
Prior to the formation of the league, members met in Passage Road, The City, at a house generously lent by Mr. Darcy Scott. The first president was Mrs. Doreen Ward (afterwards Lady Ward), the vice president was Mrs. Muriel ‘Nellie’ Weekes, the secretary was Mrs. Greene and the assistant secretary was Mrs. Payne. Mrs. Graham completed the membership of the executive committee.
Over the years, the league has become a loyal, tireless arm of the party. Every female of the BLP automatically becomes a member of the league and is entitled to participate in its programmes.
The league is maintained primarily through fundraising and subscription fees. It gives donations to such functions as senior citizens lunches at Christmas or in times of community disasters. In addition, attention is given to some of those residing in senior citizen’s and children’s homes.
During general or by-elections the women give invaluable support through canvassing, speaking on platforms and working at campaign offices.
Other presidents of the League have been Doreen Lady Ward, Maradell Greene, Beryl Dottin, Maria Craig, Milroy Reece, Dame Patricia Symmonds, Jessica Odle, Volta Lowe, Joan Williams, Betty Waithe, and Patricia Parris; vice presidents include Laurine Payne and Edna Nicholls and Mona Alleyne; secretaries Greta Greenidge, Norma Weekes, Marlene Moore, Beryl Bridgeman, Quinzel Herbert and Margaret Murphy. The treasurers have been Erlita Trotman, Ernesta Yarde and Alma Deane.