November was a historic month for Barbados. The island nation saw the end of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as it became a republic. And with that, Dame Sandra Mason was elected as the country’s very first president. Prior to becoming president, Mason had been Barbados’ governor-general since 2017. She is no stranger to being a groundbreaking woman, as she was the first female to be admitted to the bar in Barbados and to become a judge on the country’s Court of Appeals.