by Dominique Lescott
PAM candidate Natasha Grey says women can lead from the front, she made those comments on the WINN Media program Island Tea.
“I didn’t expect so much love and support” Grey said, in reaction, since her candidacy was announced on 18 October 2021.
Grey said “you always hear people saying behind every great man is a great woman, but why can’t we [women] be in front and to the side, why do we always have to be behind them? Even in my party, you hear people saying women are the backbone of the party, why can’t we be the front bone?”
Grey counts Dame Constance Mitcham as one of her inspirations. She admires her and knows she has big shoes to fill if she is to walk in her footsteps. “With women behind me and beside me, I think I will be very successful”.
Natasha Grey has come from humble beginnings, being raised in a home with 14 members of extended family. She said living with so many people helped her to be close to family and that she learned a lot from her late grandmother. On the Island Tea show, Grey said she was inspired by grandmother who was the head of the household, loved politics and cooked food for PAM at events. It was her grandmother who served as the first reference point of what to expect from a life in politics.
When asked by co-host Azem Bailey when her desire for politics started, Grey said high school is when initially said she was going to be a politician and began active political work at the age of 18 or 19-years-old where she worked as a polling agent and has had many positions with PAM.
Very shortly after Grey returned from her studies, she was approached to run as a candidate approximately two months after returning. However, she decided to defer the opportunity and instead return to her role as a full time mother again.
Island Tea Producer, Jade Johson said it’s good to see the candidates supporting one another, rather than hate each other. To this, Grey said she “doesn’t intend to get negative” but is “intended to get into the issues and debates”.
Watch the full interview on Island Tea below.