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Jennifer Strachan: For the birth year of my Mother, Joan, who nurtured my ambition to learn, travel and work hard to achieve my dreams. A true feminist who is passionate about politics and the art of the possible.

Jo May: The year my dear Mum was born. Mum has had to show so much strength and courage throughout her life. A true ‘Guernsey Donkey’ who even today is extremely interested in current affairs and follows closely what is going on in the States of Guernsey. Who knows, in another life she may have dipped her toes into political waters.

Michelle Le Clerc: Marie Randall would have been 51. This would have been the same age as I was first elected to the States and stood for St Peter Port district.

Carla Bauer: A tribute to both my parents who were born in 1934, and my thanks to them for their inspiration, support and encouragement particularly when, from time to time, I have taken a less conventional direction of travel!

Linda Rolf: 1935 is the year my mother, Janet Brain, was born. She may not have described herself as a feminist but she absolutely brought me up to believe that women should be equal to men socially, economically and politically.

Christine Potter: For Eugénie, my unbelievably strong grandmother who as a young widow in Aleppo in 1935 took her small children to another country to start a new life. Her business acumen assured the future success of the family, even though she had never been formally educated. A true feminist who found a voice through her actions.

1936 –

Martina Lenfestey: The birth year of Madeleine Albright. Born in the Czech Republic, the first woman to hold the role of Secretary of State in the US.

Dawn Tindall: As a tribute to my Mum who has campaigned for women’s rights in her own way and for my Dad who has supported her.

Michelle Scott: My dad’s year of birth.

Anonymous: To my grandmother in the year of my father’s birth who left all her family and all she knew to start a new life in a new country and raised my father in such a way that he raised me equal to my brothers and never doubting I could do anything they could do.


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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.

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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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