POTENT Issue #2 - The Women's Issue




First Female Deputy Prime Minister of

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Nearly four years ago, Girlyn Miguel was

sworn in as the first woman Deputy Prime

Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Miguel also serves as the Minister of Education.

She had a 30-year career as an educator and

principal before entering politics in the late ‘90s—

winning the Marriaqua constituency. Soon after

she ascended to Minister of Social Development,

Cooperatives, the Family, Gender and Ecclesiastical

Affairs, and two years later she was appointed

Minister of Agriculture, followed by her current role as

Minister of Education.



First Female Doctor Serving in U.S. Congress

The Virgin Islands native is used to making

headway in unfamiliar territory as the first

woman (non-voting) Delegate to Congress

from the U.S. Virgin Islands and first woman

physician that served in U.S. Congress.

Christensen started her medical career as an

ER doctor then maintained a private practice

up until her congressional election in 1996.

Among her many glass-ceiling breaking

achievements is being the first Delegate to

serve on Congress’ committee on Energy and

Commerce and subcommittees on Health.

Christensen gave up her congressional seat

this year to run for Governor of the Virgin

Islands, but was defeated by Kenneth Mapp

in a runoff this past November.

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