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.