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Celebrate Marie Randall by dedicating a year


As announced in November, Marie Randall MBE, the first woman to be elected to the States, is to be honoured with a Blue Plaque in January 2024 and islanders are being invited to help fund the plaque by adding a personal dedication to one of her 31 years of service to the island.

Deputy Randall was 42 when she was elected 100 years ago in January 1924. She remained a member for 31 years and for 24 of those years was the only woman in the States.

Women in Public Life nominated Marie Randall for the Blue Plaque and its chair, Shelaine Green, says, ‘We have had some moving dedications so far from people who have chosen a year that is meaningful to them, often the birth year of someone who has been a true inspiration to them.

‘We’ve very grateful for the donations we’ve received so far towards the cost of the plaque. It is a fitting way to pay tribute to Marie Randall who was a true pioneer, the first female Deputy and an advocate for equal voting rights for women.’

All donations towards the cost of the plaque are welcome. And people who donate £25 or more can add a personal dedication to one of the 31 years she spent in the States.

A selection of the dedications will be read out at the unveiling of Marie’s plaque which is on Wednesday 24 January at 12.45pm at One St Julian’s, the site of Marie’s former home, Vauxlaurens Brewery. The plaque will be unveiled by the Deputy Bailiff, Jessica Roland, the first woman to be appointed to the role. All are welcome to attend.



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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