A Salute to Jamaican Women!!

Louise Simone Bennett-Coverley or Miss Lou, (September 7, 1919 – July 26, 2006) was a Jamaican folklorist, writer, and educator. She was born in Kingston, Jamaica In 1974, she was appointed to the Order of Jamaica. On Jamaica’s Independence Day 2001, the Honorable Mrs. Louise Bennett-Coverley was appointed as a Member of the Jamaican Order of Merit for her invaluable and distinguished contribution to the development of the Arts and Culture. She wrote her poems in the language of the people known as Jamaican Patois or Creole, and helped to put this language on the map and to have it recognised as a language in its own right, thus influencing many poets to do similar things.

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.

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