Jennifer Smith: Premier, Bermuda, 1998-2003
Jennifer Smith was the Premier of Bermuda from 1998 to 2003. She was the first Bermuda Progressive Labour Party (PLP) Government Leader, the first PLP Minister of Education, and the first women Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. She guided her political party to two successive General Election victories. As the youngest woman ever to run in a general election, she made her debut in 1972 just four years after universal adult suffrage had been implemented. With a strong commitment to education in preparing the youth of Bermuda for global competition, she leads the Government’s partnership with the private sector and mandated B.TEC a national priority. Jennifer has received many awards, like “Woman of Great Esteem” Award from Q-Kingdom Ministries of New York and the National Congress of Black Women Inc. of Washington D.C.