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Merlene Ottey
Born in 1960, Merlene Ottey has won major honours from the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and a myriad of world championships. It came as no surprise when she was named top female athlete of the decade in 1999.
Beauty Queens
Jamaica proudly boasts the achievement of its women in the international beauty arena. With three Miss Worlds, Jamaica certainly deserves its reputation as an island of beautiful women.

The Honourable Louise Bennett-Coverly, O.J., (Hon. LLD)
"Lawd, mi chile! Just so," Jamaican's today preface the juiciest of tales and gossip with exclamations such as this, in the style of 'Miss Lou,' the Honourable Louise Bennett-Coverly, Jamaica's foremost folklorist, poet and writer. Born in 1919, Louise Bennett-Coverly began to perform in dialect at the age of 19. She is to be credited as a major force in creating acceptance for the Jamaican dialect.

Lady Bustamante, O.J., J.P.
A pioneering figure in Jamaican politics since the 1930s, Lady Bustamante is the widow of National Hero Sir Alexander Bustamante. She is to us, our contact with that period of our history that was marked by enormous social and political transformation.
Amy Jacques Garvey (1886-1973)
Born in Jamaica in 1896, Amy Jacques migrated to New York in 1918 where she met the charismatic Marcus Garvey, and embraced his philosophy and movement. His personal secretary for a time, Amy Jacques eventually married Garvey in 1922 and together they spread the gospel of black liberation and repatriation . Returning to Jamaica in 1927 with her husband, Mrs. Garvey remained an active participant in the struggle for black empowerment and liberation.
Captain Maria Zadie
This modern day Amelia Earhart is Air Jamaica's first female pilot. Growing up in Montego Bay, Maria Ziadie-Haddad longed for the day when she would fly, as she watched many planes take off from the second city. Talent and determination kept her climbing the ladder, until she reached the captainship in 1996.

Leonie Forbes, O.D.
The wide-ranging talents of Jamaica's First Lady of Theatre and Film, Leonie Forbes, alias 'Miss Lee', are imbued with high-level professionalism attracting both national and international recognition.

Reggae's triumvirate, Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths, chartered successful individual musical careers before teaming up as the 'I-Threes,' the dynamic back-up vocal group for the late international reggae superstar, Bob Marley. The group first backed Bob Marley on his 1973 solo album, 'Natty Dread.'