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What’s Going To Change Now?

Well, you’ve got a new job, with a new rhythm, and a whole new set of responsibilities. Your life is probably going to feel like it has changed quite dramatically.

But it won’t necessarily feel that way to the rest of the Island, and you might find that comforting. Social media does change with the flick of a switch – even if they were cheering you on as an outsider during the Election, as soon as you’re elected you’re part of “the establishment” and not to be trusted. It’s not logical, but there we go. But the outside world isn’t like that. People don’t suddenly start recognising you in the street – at most, you’ll probably get those friendly half-smiles from people who think “I know that person from somewhere, but I can’t place where – maybe we met a while ago?”

Being a Deputy in Guernsey is certainly not some kind of instant celebrity. The only time that has ever really happened is with Heidi and Gavin during COVID, and of course with John Gollop – but his is a reputation built up over tens of years. You do occasionally get drawn into conversations with strangers, but it’s pretty rare (unless you choose otherwise) and that’s rather nice.

Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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