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Blue Plaque unveiled for Marie Randall


On 24 January 2024, school groups joined deputies, family members and the public to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the election of Marie Randall MBE, the first woman to join the States.

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

Helen Glencross, Head of Heritage Services, welcomed the crowd and the Deputy Bailiff, Jessica Roland, told the story of Marie’s life and her achievements as a States member.

Shelaine Green from Women in Public Life read from the newspaper report of Marie’s funeral:

“Miss Randall set an example in the States which has been admirably followed. Other women have gone to the polls and, in many cases, have topped them as she did. The public has come to have a special regard for the woman deputy and many declare that, were there more of them, Guernsey would be the better for it!”.

The Deputy Bailiff, Jessica Roland, then pulled away a Guernsey flag to reveal a Blue Plaque dedicated to Marie on the arch of One St Julian’s, previously Vauxlaurens Brewery, which was her childhood home.

For event photos and more information about Marie, click here

The Deputy Bailiff, Jessica Roland, unveils the plaque

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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