Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jamaican PM Portia Simpson-Miller is One of Times Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential Person In the World

According to the website, they are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year's TIME 100

Portia Simpson Miller

Christopher Morris / VII for TIME
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller — or Sister P, as I affectionately call her — is the embodiment of perseverance and strength. She will have a profound impact as she strives to be a transformational figure in Jamaica.
Portia, 66, started her career as a public servant in local government in 1974. Two years later she was elected to the Jamaican Parliament.
In 2006 she made history, becoming the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of Jamaica. She was re-elected in December 2011. While she has worked for many years as a public servant representing all Jamaicans, there is a great sense that her leadership will expand far beyond her island nation. In addition to her call this year to break with the British monarchy and make the island a republic, Portia is promoting full civil rights for gays and lesbians, a courageous move in a country with a violent history of homophobia.
I can say from personal experience that her presence is already inspiring a new generation of women, particularly from the Caribbean diaspora, to get involved in public service and to make a difference. Sister P is a woman to watch.
Clarke is a Congresswoman for New York's 11th District

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2111975_2111976_2111996,00.html #ixzz1tA611tp8

CONGRATULATIONS PM!