P Is For Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy

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I have introduced quite the diverse pool of women I believe have left a lasting influence on the global stage.

I shared with you some of those women who come from my part of the world.

They are my West Indian influencers.

I introduced you to Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Professor Jamaica Kincaid, Dame Eugenia Charles and Nanny of the Maroons.

Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy joins this list, as she was the first female Governor-General of my home country, Saint Lucia.

  • Dame Louisy was sworn into office as the fifth Governor-General of Saint Lucia in 1997. She left the office in 2018.
  • She is a true educator at heart, having honed that passion by pursuing Bachelors, Masters and a Doctorate in education.
  • Her love for preserving the cultural heritage of Saint Lucia continues to be part of her life’s work.
  • Kweyol is the mother language of Saint Lucians. Her efforts to delve deeper into its origins are commendable. Get to know about my mother language here.
  • Part of her accolades include the award of Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George and a Dame of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem by Her Majesty, The Queen Elizabeth II.

As a little girl, growing up in the Caribbean, there were few women who occupied the highest positions in the leadership structure. Dame Louisy is among the group of Caribbean women who shattered that myth.

There are other unsung women who have dared to occupy the highest positions in all facets of leadership. Share yours with me in the comments box!


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