Portia in the Balance 2016: Opinion Piece by Joan French

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I am a little late sharing this, but for those of you who have not yet read it – it’s a provocative read. Now, since the article was written immediately after the elections, the reference to the results in the first paragraph is now dated, as the seat count remained at 32 – 31. However, this is not simply a response to the election results, but a challenging piece on leadership: in particular women’s political leadership, and in particular that of the now Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller. The article was first published in the Stabroek News of Guyana, and subsequently in the Jamaica Observer. 

The author of this article, Joan French, has long been involved in activism for women’s socio-cultural and political progress. She was a Board member of the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre, a founding member of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action, Coordinator of…

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