Sunday 19 May, 2019

10 facts that prove Jamaican women are indomitable

(Clockwise from left) Una Marson; former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller; Jody-Anne Maxwell; Sagicor Bank CEO Chorvelle Johnson; Nicola Reid, a Coronation market vendor; Antonette Wemyss-Gorman; Lisa Hanna; and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce.

(Clockwise from left) Una Marson; former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller; Jody-Anne Maxwell; Sagicor Bank CEO Chorvelle Johnson; Nicola Reid, a Coronation market vendor; Antonette Wemyss-Gorman; Lisa Hanna; and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce.

♫♫Jamaican woman a sugar and salt, some a dem a ginnal and wi make you bawl ♫♫

The Jamaican woman is a strong, dependable and special kind of female. In tribute to the indomitable spirit of the Jamaican woman, Loop News will, for International Women's Day, list 10 facts that prove that they are great.

1. In 2015, an International Labour Organisation (ILO) study found that Jamaica has the highest number of women managers in the world. The ILO found that nearly 60 per cent of managers in the country are women.

2. Jamaica is one of only 62 states that has elected a woman - former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller - as its leader.

3. The Jamaican woman is known for her beauty as is evidenced by the multiple Miss World wins (Carole Crawford, Cindy Breakspeare and Lisa Hanna) and top five finishes in both the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants over the years.

4. A Jamaican woman is blessed with exceptional entrepreneurial skills. This is evidenced in the many female vendors, small business owners and their effect on big business in the country.

5. At home and abroad, Jamaican women are well known for their culinary skills as cooking comes second nature to her. Many a man have fallen prey to the Jamaican woman’s skill around the kitchen. Simply delicious.

6. Jamaican women have broken ground on the world stage with many firsts. Here are a few examples:

- The first black woman to be employed by the British Broadcasting Corporation is a Jamaican woman named Una Marson. Marson was a writer and activist;

- Alia Atkinson is the first black woman to win a world swimming title;

- Tessanne Chin is the first non-American to win The Voice US talent show; 

- Carole Crawford is the first woman of colour to win the Miss World title;

- Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce is the first female sprinter to win the 100m, 200m and 4X100m in a single world championships;

- Jody-Anne Maxwell is the first non-American to win the US national Spelling Bee contest; and the list goes on...

7. On the political front, Jamaican women have also made strides on the world stage. A Jamaican woman is a queen in Nigeria and a Jamaican woman is the first lady of Liberia.

8. Despite myths about men being the head of the home, it is the Jamaican woman who runs her house. In some cases, men may make more money but, for the house to become a home, the bills paid on time, the children fed and cared and things to be comfortable, it takes the loving touch of the Jamaican queen.

9. In the field of security, the Jamaican woman also stands out. Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police Jevene Bent is the first woman in the Caribbean region to rise to that rank in the constabulary. Antonette Wemyss-Gorman is the commanding officer of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard, the first female in the Caribbean to be promoted to that rank.

10. Many Jamaican women sometimes get little or no support from the males who sired their children but still manage to eke out a living for their families as single mothers and have produced some of the nation’s greatest sons and daughters.

That is the strength, beauty and undeniable class of the Jamaican woman. Loop News salutes you on International Women's Day.

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