Women acquired the right to vote and to become members of parliament since universal suffrage was attained for Grenada in 1951. Since then several women have been elected to the House of Representatives or appointed to the Senate. Grenada has had three female Presidents of the Senate - Margaret Neckles (1990 - 1995), Leslie-Ann Seon (2004 - 2006), and Joan Purcell (2008 - 2013). In addition, the first female Leader of the Opposition was Winifred Strachan who served from 1990 to 1995.
Grenada has the distinction of having had the first female Governor in the Commonwealth, Dame Hilda Bynoe, who served from 1968 to 1974. Dame Cecile La Grenade is the country's current Governor-General.
The first woman elected to Grenada’s Legislative Council, Mary Louise (Eva) Sylvester, served from 1952 as representative for Carriacou and Petite Martinique, the year after the attainment of adult suffrage in 1951. Gertrude Protain was the first woman nominated to the Legislative Council, having been appointed in the late 1950’s. Other women have been in the Council, later Parliament, on a continuous basis from 1957.
From 1999 to 2007, 27% of the Lower House of Parliament has been women and the Senate has reached a high of 38% of women from 2004 to 2006. The period following the 2008 national general elections saw the prior numbers of women elected to the House of Representatives decline from four, to only two elected female representatives being elected in the 15 seat House of Representatives, one female for each parliamentary party. Since the February 2013 general elections, female constituency representatives won 5 out of 15 seats in the House of Representatives, or 33.3% of the seats. Presently, only 15.4%, that is 2 out of 13, appointed Senate seats are held by women.
Two political parties have had females as their political leader. The first was the National Democratic Congress which had Joan Purcell as Political Leader from 1998 to 1999 and the second was Grenada United Labour Party whose Political Leader from 2003 was Gloria Payne-Banfield.