Portia Lucretia Simpson-Miller
(born 12 December 1945 in Wood Hall
, St. Catherine Parish
) is Jamaica's Leader of the Opposition
and was the country's seventh Prime Minister
from 30 March 2006 to 11 September 2007. She was Jamaica
's first female Prime Minister.Mrs Simpson-Miller is also a member of the Council of Women World Leaders
, an International network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.
She replaced outgoing Prime Minister P. J. Patterson
, becoming the first female head of government of the nation and the third in the Anglophone Caribbean following Eugenia Charles
and Janet Jagan
. She also holds the position of president of the opposition People's National Party
In the PNP's internal vote to elect Patterson's successor, held on 26 February 2006, she received 1,775 votes, while her nearest rival, national security minister Dr. Peter Phillips, took 1,538 votes (see ). She was only able to garner approximately 47% of the delegates' vote, making her the first PNP president to be elected by less than half of eligible delegates.
Simpson-Miller had been the Minister of Local Government and Sport since October 2002. She had previously served as Minister of Labour, Welfare and Sports from 1989 to... Read More