Women Who Rule
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THE POPULIST: Portia Simpson-Miller, 60 prime minister of Jamaica; elected February 25, 2006
SOUND TRACK: Reggae tunes The Strength of a Woman and I Wanna Thank You (Momma).
SLOGAN: Come to Mama, though she has no children; her kids, she explains, are Jamaicas working poor.
STICKING POINT: During her campaign, Simpson- Miller repeatedly dodged questions about how she would fix a system that thrives on crime and bribery; she was backed by what one diplomat called some very scary people.
CAMPAIGN PLEDGES: To reduce crime and improve quality of life. Seventeen percent of people in Jamaica live below the poverty line, and Simpson-Miller has vowed to lift up the poor.
WHY SHE MATTERS: Despite the sun-dappled tourism ads, Jamaica has the third-highest murder rate in the world. Less murder = more tourists = a boost to the troubled economy.
FUN FACT: Loves to watch boxing.
SIGNATURE STYLE: Straight-up suits and pearls.
WHO WOULD PLAY HER IN THE MOVIE: Oprahs BFF, Gayle King
NICKNAMES: Sista P and Mama Portia