There are great expectations of lawyer and politician Kamla Persad-Bissessar in Trinidad and Tobago. She is the first woman to lead a major political party. As her site explains, “In her political career, Persad-Bissessar has a number of firsts. She was the first woman to act as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. She was also the first woman to be appointed Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs. She is the first woman deputy political leader of the UNC and the first woman Leader of the Opposition.” People are wondering whether she will win in the next general elections, becoming the first woman Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
BBC article, “No woman, no cry: Kamla and the UNC,” states that “she devastated her mentor, the venerable and previously unassailable Basdeo Panday, winning by a landslide the leadership of the opposition United National Congress” adding that this is “even more significant in a male-dominated political culture where Hindu women are expected to be submissive to men.”
Professor Selwyn Ryan sees Persad-Bissessar’s victory in her party’s leadership race as indicating that Trinidad and Tobago is quite ready for a woman PM. Persad-Bissessar herself, while she is aware of the enormity of the task, says that “It will be very challenging; but it is not an impossible journey.”
For full article, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/caribbean/news/story/2010/02/100203_unc_future.shtml
See Persad-Bissessar’s page at http://www.kamlapersadbissessar.com/