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Did you know that the first and only woman to serve as St. Lucia’s head of state is Dame Pearlette Calliopa Louisy?
Dame Pearlette has been governor general for the past 16 years. In 1997, she was appointed by the St. Lucia Labour Party administration, and then in 2006 the United Workers Party administration retained her until 2011.
After the 2011 general elections, Dame Pearlette was again retained by the Labour Party administration.
To date, she remains the first and only woman to have ever held that post and the longest serving head of state since independence. Dame Pearlette is also the longest serving head of state in the Caribbean.
St. Lucia News Online welcomes our readers to this new feature which will run every Tuesday and Thursday. It is written by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]