Pamela Gordon-Banks: Premier, Bermuda, 1997-1998
Pamela Gordon-Banks was the first woman and the youngest person to hold the Premier (Prime Minister) position in Bermuda. She was the daughter of one of the founding fathers of Bermudian politics, and she had considerable political skills of her own. She used these resources in steering the United Bermuda Party to victory. Before becoming Premier, she was appointed Minister of Youth Development and later she served as Minister of Environment, Planning, and Recreation. Gordon has been honored as a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.