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Dame Pamela Gordon-Banks
Honoree

Making history as the first female Premier of Bermuda, Dame Pamela Gordon-Banks has broken countless ceilings, educationally and economically. Growing up as a teen mom in her country, Dame Gordon-Banks rose to become one of the most beloved and respected leaders in Bermuda and
beyond.

When Dame Gordon-Banks was sworn in as the Premier on March 27, 1997, she became the first woman, and youngest person ever, to hold that post. At that time, only 5% of heads of government were women—and only 3% were women of color. Dame Gordon-Banks thinks globally and acts locally. She remains in her community today, being of service to her fellow Bermudians, and does extensive community service to empower girls around the world.

Dame Gordon-Banks and her husband, Andrew Banks, have been instrumental in creating a partnership between Girl Be Heard company members and the members of the larger Bermudian community, sponsoring a cross cultural exchange program.