Two of the most ideally positioned women in the People's National Party (PNP) have admitted it is highly unlikely the party will see another female leader in the foreseeable future.
Lisa Hanna, the member of parliament (MP) for St Ann South East and chairperson for Region One, as well as Natalie Neita-Headley, MP for St Catherine North Central, have indicated they have no interest in becoming leader of the party.
Hanna, the youth and culture minister, was prepared to go farthest.
"Not for prime minister but, whoever is prime minister, I see myself as a deputy. I am not aspiring to be a deputy but, when I evaluate my talents, I would be prepared to be a deputy," she said.
Hanna, a former Miss World, is a second-term MP, winning in 2007 while the PNP lost the general elections. The party currently has four women Cabinet ministers.
No leadership aspirations
Hanna said from where she sits, it was unlikely that the party would see another female leader and prime minister from those currently in the public eye.
Said Neita-Headley, the minister with responsibility for sports: "I consider myself a worker on behalf of the people I serve. I am the soldier. I work hard. I have never had leadership aspirations. I have always aspired to be the best servant to the people who have elected me, and that is a role I treasure."
Reiterating her position, Neita-Headley said she did not have leadership aspirations.
At today's public session, Simpson Miller will deliver the keynote address as she has been doing since 2006 when she became party president.
She was the first woman to be elected leader in Jamaica's political history, and only one of four leaders of the PNP in 75 years.