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Vicky Groulef: For my grandad, Frank Paul, a true feminist and my hero in a cardigan.

Diane Mitchell: My Grandma, Susan Marquis, was widowed when the bombing happened on the White Rock. She was 45, a mother of 11, some in the forces, some evacuated and some remaining during the war. She raised her family during those years with help from the church. She had no pension or handout from her husband Alfred’s employers. She was a stoic and stalwart on the island.





Soroptimist International of Guernsey: The first year that all the women of Guernsey were given the vote.

Hayley North: For Dad, who always kept reminding me that I could do anything (he was almost right 😀).



Zoe Lihou: The year my mother, Denise Blundell was born. A strong force and influencer in my life. Without her strength and support, not to mention tolerance of my head strong ways, would not have allowed me to carve the path I have taken.



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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.

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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