For International Women’s Day 2021, we asked you to nominate an iconic woman born in your home country or island to celebrate the contribution of women in public life across the globe.
Thanks to your nominations, we’ve filled our interactive map of Guernsey with more than 50 flags. That’s a wonderful celebration of the diversity of Guernsey and the achievements of women in public life from around the world.
There are many firsts on the map. The first women to lead their country: Julia Gillard in Australia, Angela Merkel in Germany, Mary Robinson in Ireland, Vaira Vike-Freiburga in Latvia, Dalia Grybauskeite in Lithuania, Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand, Zuzana Caputova in Slovakia. And the first female president of the European Parliament in Simone Veil of France. All bringing a new and different perspective to the role.
Women in Public Life committee member Linda Rolf says, ‘We hope that our campaign has planted the seeds to inspire a more diverse and representative range of women to stand for public office in Guernsey. Because, as we all know, balanced teams make better decisions’.