Marion Bethel studied law at Cambridge University. She worked in the Office of the Attorney General from 1986 to 1994. Ms. Bethel now is in private practice at Sears & Co.
Ms. Bethel is a writer & has written two books of poetry, one of which, Guanahani, My Love, was awarded the Casa de Las Americas Prize in 1994. In 1996 Ms. Bethel was a Fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard University at which time she began a second manuscript of poetry and later published it entitled “ Bougainvillea Ringplay”. In 2012 Ms. Bethel also produced a documentary film on the Women's Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas called "Womanish Ways: Freedom, Human Rights & Democracy 1943 to 1962".
Ms. Bethel has been actively involved in the Women's Movement in both The Bahamas & the Caribbean. In 2014, she was awarded the 11th CARICOM Triennial Award for Women based on her contribution in the fields of gender justice and culture. In June 2016 Ms. Bethel was elected to serve on The Committee of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.