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Celebrating our iconic women


To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022 on 8 March, we asked Guernsey to nominate women and girls under 30 with the potential to be the Bailiwick’s iconic women of the future.

We chose to put the focus on women under 30 because young women are particularly under-represented in public office. There are currently no women under 30 in the States, for example, and only two Douzeniers.

There was a huge response from the public – so big we completely ran out of space on the map!

And on Tuesday 21 June the nominees will have a chance to meet each other at a reception hosted by the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce.

Elaine Gray, outgoing Chamber of Commerce President and Partner at Carey Olsen, says, ‘We were delighted to see the success of the campaign and we jumped at the chance to celebrate the impressive accomplishments of the women and girls on the list and toast to their future.’

Linda Rolf from Women in Public Life says, ‘After such a stunning response from the Guernsey public, we are very grateful to Elaine and the Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to get this group of inspiring young women and girls together. We hope the event will help them get to know their peers and build a strong network of support as they go on to achieve their goals. Already many of them have highlighted to us the changes they want to see in Guernsey and the wider world. It’s really important that they have a voice in decision-making, and we hope that the event, and the network it builds, will encourage more young women to consider standing for a position in public office.’

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Media release.




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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