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PLP honors Dame Janet Bostwick on 40th anniversary of historic election

The Davis Administration put politics aside this week to honor Dame Janet Bostwick on the 40th anniversary of her election as the first Bahamian woman in Parliament.

Dame Janet was a member of the Ingraham administration. She was appointed Minister of National Insurance Housing and Social Service from 1992 to 1994 and served from 1994 to 1995 as Minister of Justice and Immigration.

Between 1994 and 2002, she held the post of Attorney General. She also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister with responsibility for Women’s Affairs.

Her appointment as Attorney General marked the first time a woman had served in that capacity in The Bahamas and in the region.

The luncheon, celebrating a great woman in Bahamian politics, was hosted by Minister of Education Glenys Hanna-Martin and attended by Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper who brought remarks.

The special event, held at Sapodilla Restaurant on West Bay Street, was attended by female members of the various political parties as well as outstanding women from the trade union movement, religious, civic and sports sectors.

Minister Hanna-Martin was commended for displaying a high level of political maturity by publicly celebrating the tremendous accomplishments of a stateswoman from the opposite side of the political divide whose success paved the way for other women in politics.

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