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Throughout the Caribbean women are actively involved in politics from the organisation level to serving in parliament, with several presiding officers being women. In recent years there have been 11 Heads of Government - Dominica was first in 1980, Haiti and Bermuda have each seen it done three times, Jamaica has had it twice with the same woman and both Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago have had women run the country.

Female heads of state/government in the region have included:

  • Mary Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister, Dominica (1980 - 1995)
  • Claudette Werleigh, Prime Minister, Haiti (1995 - 1996) 
  • Janet Jagan, President, Guyana (1997 - 1999)
  • Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister, Jamaica (2006 - 2007; 2012 - 2016)
  • Michèle Pierre-Louis, Prime Minister, Haiti (2008 - 2009)
  • Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago (2010 - 2015)
  • Pamela Gordon, Premier, Bermuda (1997 - 1998)
  • Jennifer Smith, Premier of Bermuda (1998 - 2003)
  • Paula Cox, Premier of Bermuda (2010 - 2012)
  • Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, President of Haiti (1990 - 1991)

Women Heads of State

Pearlette Louisy
Her Excellency Dame C. Pearlette LOUISY
Saint Lucia
(19 Sep 1997 - present)
Louise Lake-Tack
Her Excellency Marguerite PINDLING
Governor General
The Bahamas
(8 Jul 2014 - present)
Her Excellency Cecile La GRENADE
Her Excellency Cecile La GRENADE
Governor General
(7 May 2013 - present)

Women Heads of Government

Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson
Turks and Caicos Islands
(9 Dec 2016 - present)

Women Leaders of the Opposition

Mia Mottley
The Hon. Mia MOTTLEY
Leader of the Opposition
(25 Feb 2013 - present)
Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson
The Hon. Palmavon WEBSTER
Leader of the Opposition
(24 Apr 2015 - present)
Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Leader of the Oppostion
Trinidad and Tobago
9 Sep 2015 - present)

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Link Read Biographies of current and former women leaders in our Knowledge Centre
Link Women & Governance: A Grenadian Experience
Link Women’s Participation in Politics: A View from the Caribbean
Link Visit Caribbean Institute for Women in Politics
Link Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
IPU: PARLINE database on national parliaments
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