8th Mar, 2018
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Female Governors General

Female Governors General

Governor General is the lawful head of a country and is appointed by head of the particular country depending upon the rules and regulations of the same. There is a predefined tenure of the Governor General which is in accordance with the constitutional rules of the state. For example in India the term of Governor General is five years and is appointed by the President. The Governor acts on the advices of the council of Ministers. On some matters of the country the Governor General is also empowered to act on his own discretion which entirely depends on the administrative rules of the country. There have been many women around the world to have successfully taken up the responsibility which is indeed an achievement for all those struggling to help women come forward in various arena of life.

Here is a list of all those courageous women who have set up an example for the many upcoming generations:

1. Dame Patsy Reddy, New Zealand (2016)
Dame Patsy Reddy Dame Patsy Reddy, born in 1954 in the month of May, became the Governor General of New Zealand in 2016 September. By profession she is a lawyer who became the 21st woman to be the Governor General of the country after Sylvia Cartwright and Catherine Tizard. Both of her parents were School teachers. She has done her Graduation and post graduation from Victoria University of Wellington in Law. She has worked as lecturer at the faculty of law, Victoria University. Later on she went on working on large acquisition negotiations. She is been married to Sir David Gascoigne and has involved herself in many NGO specifically working on gender equality.

2. Deputy Governor General Susan Dougan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (2014)
Susan Dougan Susan Dougan has worked as the Chief Secretary and Chief Education Officer of Saint Vincent and Grenadines. And currently she is serving as the deputy Governor general of the country. She was born in a small village named Colonarie in Saint Vincent and had worked as a teacher. She has worked as teacher of Vincent girls High school for over 34 years and over the times she has grown as the Principle of the school to Chief Education Officer. Before being elected as the Deputy Governor in 2014 she has also served as cabinet secretary of the country. Dougan has three children.

3. Dame Cécile La Grenade, Grenada (2013)
Dame Cécile La Grenade She is also known for founding the La Grenade Industries. Born on December 30 1952, Cécile La Grenade is by profession a Food scientist who was appointed as the Governor General of the country in May 2013. She was appointed as the first female governor general of the country. Mary Louise, her maternal Grandmother was the first female to be inducted into the legislative council of the country. She has obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies. She also has obtained a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Maryland in Food Science.

4. Sandra Mason, Barbados (2012)
Sandra Mason Sandra born in January 1949 has served as Supreme Court’s Judge and a reputed lawyer of Barbados. She was also the first woman to be admitted to the bar. She has earned many first to her name. She has taken up the onus of evaluating the regional integration by serving as the chair of CARICOM. She was also the first magistrate top have been appointed as the Ambassador of the country. Besides that she was also the first female to have served on the Barbados Court of Appeals. She has been named among the ten most powerful women in Barbados.

5. Dame Marguerite Pindling, Bahamas (2014)
Dame Marguerite Dame Marguerite is the widow of the former Prime minster of Bahamas, Lynden Pindling. She was born in June 1932 and has been serving as the Governor General of the country form July 8, 2014. She is the 2nd women of Bahamas to be the governor General. In the earlier years of her career she has assisted the Stanley Toogood, a pioneer in the field of Photography. She has four children.



6. Dame Dr Quentin Bryce, Australia (2008)
Quentin Bryce Quentin Bryce, born in 1942 December is the 25th Governor Gneral of Australia and from 2003 to 2008 she has also served as the Governor General of Queensland. She had earned a graduation degree in arts and law both from the University of Queensland. She is the first female to have been accepetd the bar of Queensladnd. She is also the first woman to have worked as the faculty memeber of the University where she had taken up her graduation degree during 1968. Later on in 1978, she was inducted into the Women’s Advisory Council. In April 2008 she took oath as the Governor general of Australia.

7. Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Antigua and Barbuda (2007)
Dame Louise Lake-Tack Born in 1944, July, Dame Louise was the first woman to have been inducted to the position of the Governor General of the country. She had studied nursing at Charing Cross Hospital in United Kingdom where she migrated after completing her graduation. Later on she worked with Harley Street Clinic and National Heart Hospital. After that, Lake-Tack also did graduation in law. Before being elected to the seat of Governor General she was also the member of Antigua and Barbuda National Association (London). She has two children.

8. The Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean, Canada (2005)
Michaëlle Jean Born in September 1957, Michaëlle Jean is the third and the first woman Secretary General of international de la Francophonie who has been there in the office from 2015 January. She is a Journalist by profession. She has served as the 27th Governor General of Canada from 2005 to 2010. Jena was basically a refugee who came to Canada in 1968. She has taken up many graduation degrees. Jean was a journalist who worked for the Canadian broadcasting Corporation. Besides that, she has also taken up many charity works and had helped the victims of domestic violence.

9. Monica Jessie Dacon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (2002)
Monica Jessie Dacon Born in June 1934 Dame Monica Jessie is a former school teacher and an educator. She was the first woman to have been appointed as the Governor General and deputy governor general of the Grenadines and St. Vincent. St. Clair Dacon, one of the most loved parliamentarians was her husband. She has had an outstanding career of 35 years in teaching field. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Indies. In her life time she has been ardently involved in civic and church activities.

10. Dame Dr. Ivy Leona Dumont, The Commonwealth of the Bahamas (2002)
Ivy Leona Dumont Born in October 1930, Dame Dr. Ivy Leona Dumont was the 6th Governor General of the country and the first woman to hold the office from 2002 to 2005. In the preceding years from 1995 to 2000, she has also served as the Education Minister of the country. She earned a teacher training in year 1951 upon which she was inducted into the Bahamas Police Force. She had earned her graduation degree in education from the University of Miami. She later on also served as the education officer. Later in 1975 Dumont became the deputy permanent secretary of the ministry of works and utilities. She was honoured with doctorate degree of law by the University of West Indies in 2007.