Emily de Jongh-Elhage: Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 2006-2010
Emily de Jongh-Elhage was the fifth female Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles. She entered the political arena in 1995 as a member of the Party for the Restructured Antilles (PAR). She was elected leader of the PAR in 2005 and won the elections for Parliament in 2006. She was sworn in as Prime Minister in 2006. Before entering politics de Jongh-Elhage worked as a teacher until 1982 and then as a prominent real estate agent. She currently serves as a board member of several society and charity foundations as well as sports organizations on the island of Curaçao.