Female trailblazers from Jamaica
As Jamaica joins the world in celebrating International Women's Day today, have a look at some of the Jamaican women who have blazed a trail of glory.
Portia Simpson Miller
became Jamaica's first female prime minister in March 2006.
, first Jamaican woman to win Olympic 100m title: Beijing, China, 2008.
, first Caribbean athlete to retain an Olympic sprint title: Beijing, China, 2008.
, famous for valiant work as nurse during Crimean War in mid-1800s.
elevated Patois from the margins to the ranks of serious poetry.
became Jamaica's first female director of public prosecutions in 2008.
, first female chief justice in the island's history: June 27, 2007.
, first female head of the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica.
Dr Cicely Williams
led pioneering work in the field of maternal health not only in Jamaica, but in Africa and Asia.
becomes first Jamaican and first woman to be appointed general manager of a local bauxite operation, 2009.
became the youngest-ever permanent secretary in the history of Jamaica, November 2009.
, first Jamaican woman to win an individual Olympic title, at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
, of Jamaican ancestry, is crowned the first black Miss England, July 2009.
Carol Joan Crawford
, first Jamaican to become Miss World, 1963
becomes first female deputy commissioner of police, May 1, 2003.
, first Jamaican woman to grace the cover of an international magazine,
Dr Olive Lewin
founded the Jamaica Folk Singers over four decades ago.
was Jamaica's first female motorcycle cop.
, first and only Jamaican female to head an international sporting body, the Interna-tional Federation of Netball Associations, in 2003.
, first Rastafarian to win a local beauty pageant, Miss Jamaica Universe, in 2007.
, first woman principal of the then all-boy high school, St George's College.
, born to Jamaican immigrants, becomes first black woman MP in the UK House of Commons, 1987.
, first woman elected MP in Jamaica.
, first female president of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association.
, first Jamaican and only non-American (excluding US-ruled Puerto Rico) to win Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1998.
, first woman to win the 'Digicel Rising Stars' talent show.
, first female ambassador of Jamaica in 1975.
, first female president of Jamaica Employers' Federation.
of the Maroons, only woman among official national heroes.
Rev Jennifer Brown
is elected first black global president of Nazarene Missions International, Church of the Nazarene, June 26, 2009.
Rev Dr Marjorie Angela Lewis
is set to become first female president at United Theological College of the West Indies on August 1, 2010.
Bishop Carmen Stewart
, first woman to deputise as governor general.
Dr Patricia Deleon
is recipient of US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.