|Simpson Miller on TIME’s most influential|
|Friday, 20 April 2012 12:38|
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has been selected for TIME magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
In her dedication to the prime minister for TIME magazine, New York congresswoman Yvette Clarke described the prime minister as "the embodiment of perseverance and strength."
"I can say from personal experience that her presence is already inspiring a new generation of women, particularly from the Caribbean Diaspora, to get involved in public service and to make a difference," said Clarke. "Sister P is a woman to watch."
Although Simpson Miller returned to office a mere three months ago, the popular U.S. news magazine recognized her for her call to break ties with the British monarchy and her controversial efforts to introduce "full civil rights" for the LGBT community in Jamaica.
When asked about who was the most influential to her, Simpson Miller cited the children of Jamaica as her constant inspiration.
"The little children of Jamaica, they have the most influence on my life now." said Portia to TIME magazine in an interview. "Because they are the ones who will influence me most in terms of our direction, what we do in terms of making the future much better for them. They are the future, our future leaders."
Fellow Caribbean figure, international pop star and Barbadian beauty Rihanna, was also listed among this year's most influential persons. Rihanna was praised for her hard work ethic, her humility and her promise as "the Barbados ambassador for youth and culture."
The Florida influence
Florida Senator Marco Rubio was also listed on TIME magazine's most influential list. Former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, praised the senator for his "eloquent voice for limited government, entrepreneurial capitalism and a robust foreign policy." Bush also celebrated Rubio as "the best of the emerging second generation of Cuban immigrants."