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Fill the Guernsey map with flags!

Balanced teams make better decisions and that’s why at Women in Public Life we encourage women from all backgrounds and all nationalities to stand for public officeAnd in Guernsey we have more than 70 nationalities represented: one in three people was born outside the Island. 

For International Women’s Day on 8 March, help us fill the Guernsey map with flags by nominating an iconic woman who was born in the same country or island where you were born.

We’re looking for someone who is celebrated in your country of birth for what she has achieved – ideally in politics or public life. It could be a woman who is alive today or from any period in history. Tell us why she has inspired you.

Click the flags on the map to see who’s been nominated already…

Nominate an iconic woman from your home country or island and help fill in the Guernsey map!

Terms and conditions

  1. The Women in Public Life definition of ‘iconic woman’ is a woman who is celebrated for what she has achieved – ideally in politics or public life, but it could be in other areas such as the sciences, arts, sport. It could be a woman who is alive today or from any period in history.

     

  2. The nomination should be made by someone who lives in Guernsey and comes from the same country or island as the iconic woman they are nominating. We also, of course, welcome nominations for iconic women from Guernsey.

     

  3. The Women in Public Life definition of ‘international’ for the purpose of this campaign is anyone who was not born in Guernsey.

  4. The closing date is Friday 5 March at 4pm.

  5. We will try to include as many iconic women as we can but the decision of Women in Public Life on which ones are selected to feature in the Guernsey map is final. 

 

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Amal Clooney - Lebanon

Nominated by: Christine Potter

Amal Clooney (née Alamuddin in 1978) is a Lebanese-born British barrister, specialising in international law and human rights. “She is inspirational for her multi-lingual skills and international experience (a true Lebanese!), her career as a human rights lawyer and particularly her fight for the recognition of the Armenian genocide in WW1.” With her husband George, she founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice to advance justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world. 

Lebanon is ranked 183rd in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 4.7% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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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: data.ipu.org) 

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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. 

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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. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

Other iconic New Zealand women:  Dame Whina Cooper, a pioneer for Maori women’s fights, nominated by Claire Fisher;  Kate Sheppard, who led the fight for NZ women to secure the vote, nominated by Anna Malcolm and Tania Shires;  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, celebrated opera singer, nominated by Chris Hickling;  and Jean Batten, a record-breaking aviator nominated by Johanna Herring and Janine Clarke.

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 48.3% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg - USA

Nominated by: Jennifer Strachan

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933 to 2020) inspired generations with her efforts to make the US legal system fairer to all, particularly women. Looking back at the laws she helped overturn, it is unbelievable how differently men and women were treated and how much has changed, often due to her clear legal arguments. Ginsburg was rewarded with a seat on the Supreme Court and was an effective and inspiring judge until she passed away. In her late 80’s her clear logic and sense of purpose inspired a new generation of youth.

The USA is ranked 67th in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 27.3% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Dalia Grybauskaite - Lithuania

Nominated by: Goda Griskeviciute

Dalia Grybauskaitė, born in 1956 to a working-class family in Vilnius, was President of Lithuania from 2009 to 2019. The first woman to hold the position, she was also the first President to be re-elected for a second consecutive term. She served as European Commissioner for Financial Programming from 2004 to 2009 and is often referred to as the “Iron Lady” or the “Steel Magnolia”.

Other iconic Lithuanian women:  Inga Minelgaite, nominated by Jurate Limontaite .

Lithuania is ranked 63rd in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 27.7% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Vaira Vike-Freiberga - Latvia

Nominated by: Evita Bormane

Vaira VikeFreiberga (born 1937) served as the sixth President of Latvia from 1999 to 2007 and is the first woman to hold the post. A professor in psycholinguistics and semiotics, she has published 11 books and numerous articles. She played a big part in achieving Latvia’s membership of the EU and NATO. An inspirational leader, she has always fought for equality of women and social justice.  

Other iconic women: Baiba Braže, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, nominated by Lilita Kruze.

Latvia is ranked 57th in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 29.0% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Maria Teresa Ruiz - Chile

Nominated by: Maria Jose (Joey) Freeman

Maria Teresa Ruiz (born 1946) is a Chilean astronomer. The first woman to receive Chile’s National Prize for Exact Sciences, the first female doctor in astrophysics at Princeton, and the first woman president of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, she was listed in 2018 in the top 10 most powerful and influential women in Chile. She was inspired by her grandmother who told her Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something because you are a woman’.  

Chile is ranked 100th in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 22.6% (source: data.ipu.org) 

Are you from Chile? You may be interested in joining the group ‘La Pēna Latina’ – contact Maria Jose on mjose.fernandezj@gmail.com. 

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Julia Gillard - Australia

Nominated by: Tanya Richards-Pugh

Welsh-born Julia Gillard (born 1961) is the first and only woman to hold the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister and leader of a major party in Australia. She served as the country’s 27th Prime Minister from 2010 until 2013. Since leaving politics, her appointments include Inaugural Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at Kings College, London. Through research, practice and advocacy, GIWL addresses women’s under-representation in leadership, and the way gender negatively impacts the valuation of women leaders. 

Other iconic women: Sr Annette Cunliffe, nominated by Liz Taylor-Kerr and Simone Young, nominated by Kate Avery-Wright.

Australia is ranked 50th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 31.1% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Emma Bonino - Italy

Nominated by: Anna-Lisa Detassis

Emma Bonino (born 1948) is one of the few women in Italian politics who has made a difference. She has been a minister, a European Parliament member, and a Senator. She made history with the Radical party, fighting for civil rights and individual liberty, divorce, legalisation of abortion and drugs. A philanthropist, she has won several awards. “A true innovator and adventurer in a male-dominated world.”

Italy is ranked 35th in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 35.7% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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The original image “Emma Bonino” by Marco Gentili is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 

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Wangari Maathai - Kenya

Nominated by: Cathy Wanyoike

Wangari Maathai (1940 to 2011) was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in 2004. She was an MP and founded the Green Belt Movement for tree planting, conservation, and women’s rights. The Nobel committee said, ‘Maathai stood up courageously against the former oppressive regime in Kenya. She has served as inspiration for many in the fight for democratic rights and has especially encouraged women to better their situation.’

Other iconic Kenyan women: Mercy Cherono nominated by Flozie Baker and Joyce Nyairo nominated by Anthony Athaide

Kenya is ranked 105th in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 21.6% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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The original image “Wangari Maathai” by Oregon State University is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Simone Veil - France

Nominated by: Sandrine Reynaud

Simone Veil (1927 to 2017), lawyer, politician and feminist, served as Health Minister and was the first female President of the European Parliament. A Holocaust survivor, she is recognised for the legalisation of abortion and for improving the lives of women and the condition of women. She was certainly the strongest woman I ever heard speak, but always courteous, very intelligent and human.  She embodies people who achieve things by quiet determination and perseverance”.

Other iconic women: Edith Piaf, nominated by Juliana Chapellier.

France is ranked 27th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 39.5% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Isabel, Princess Imperial - Brazil

Nominated by: Silvia Varela Richards

The most famous Brazilian woman in history, Princess Isabel (1846 to 1921) was made Regent in her father’s absence. She passed legislation to abolish slavery, confronting rich and influential people and leading to the end of the monarchy in Brazil. She said it had been worth it to abolish slavery. As a woman she was deemed unsuitable to rule. She did it anyway while coping with several miscarriages and bringing up her disabled son.

Brazil is ranked 142nd in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 15.2% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Original photo by Insley Pacheco (1830-1912), public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Fadzayi Mahere - Zimbabwe

Nominated by: Avril Pasirai Dengura

Advocate Fadzayi Mahere (born 1985) is an inspirational and trailblazing lawyer, politician, and human rights activist. The spokesperson for Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, MDC Alliance, she was among those arrested for taking part in Zimbabwe protests in 2020, accusing the government of corruption, human rights abuse and misgovernance. Despite the arrests and political intimidation, Advocate Mahere continues to speak out for human rights and the rights of disadvantaged citizens in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is ranked 47th in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 31.9% (source: data.ipu.org).

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Maryam Mirzakhani - Iran

Nominated by: Ghazaleh Maunder

Maryam Mirzakhani (1977 to 2017) was a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. She was the first woman, and the first Iranian, to be awarded the Fields Medal, the award for outstanding discoveries in mathematics, often referred to as the maths equivalent of the Nobel Prize. The award cited ‘her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Rimann surfaces and their moduli space’. She died in 2017 after battling breast cancer.

Iran is ranked 181st in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 5.6% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Astrid Lindgren - Sweden

Nominated by: Henrik Asplund and Linda Boucher-Harris

Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) is the iconic author of more than 70 children’s books, including the Pippi Longstocking series. “Albeit not a politician, Astrid was prepared to make her voice heard in the political world and society in general, primarily when it came to children’s (and animals’) rights but also to challenge the tax regime. And her voice was heard. A woman way ahead of her time!” 

Sweden is ranked 7th in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 47% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Original photo credit: Shutterstock.

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Dr Padmavathy Bandopadhyay - India

Nominated by: Naga Lakshmi Nandiboyina

Dr Padmavathy Bandopadhyay (born 1944) was India’s first female Air Marshal, the first Indian woman to conduct scientific research in the Arctic, and the first female aviation medicine specialist in the armed forces. Hailing from a middle- class Brahmin family, and caring for her sick mother from an early age, it wasn’t easy for her to break the glass ceiling. Today she educates underprivileged children. ‘Thanks to her there is less of a problem in gender.’

Other iconic Indian women:  Arundhati Roy, nominated by Anthony Athaide; M.S.Subbulakshmi, nominated by Bhavya Dronamraju.

India is ranked 148th in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 14,4% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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The original image of Padmavathy Bandopadhyay by Mistral & Monsoon, is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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Sophia Goulden - Isle of Man

Nominated by: Camilla Hobbs

Sophia Goulden (1833 – 1910) was the mother of Emmeline Pankhurst and is credited with having a formative influence on her daughter’s commitment to votes for women. Sophia took Emmeline, then aged 14, to her first suffrage meeting after which she became a confirmed suffragist. The speaker that day, Lydia Becker, played a key role in the Isle of Man becoming the first country in the world to grant votes to women in 1881.

The percentage of women in the national parliament of the Isle of Man is 21%.

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Photo credit: Unknown author, public domain.

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Mary Robinson - Ireland

Nominated by: Karen Power

Mary Robinson (born 1944) was the first female President of Ireland and a change maker in what is traditionally a low-profile role. She was forward thinking and openly challenged government policy that did not serve the people. She went on to become the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and did fantastic work for human rights globally. She is an excellent speaker, inspiring, interesting, a real role model. She is also a mother and grandmother whose family are very important to her. 

Ireland is ranked 101st in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 22.5% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Lesya Ukraika - Ukraine

Nominated by: Alina Bendel

A great poet, writer, activist, and interpreter. Lesya (1871 to 1913) devoted 30 years of her life to literature. Fighting tuberculosis her entire youth, she epitomises female heroism and strength. Being bedridden, courage was the main motive behind her words, thus inspiring millions of people to listen to their hearts and be brave. She was also engaged in folklore studies and played an active role in the Ukranian national movement. 

Other iconic Ukranian women:   Iryna Tsilyk, writer and film-maker, nominated by Iryna Scanlan.

Ukraine is ranked 112th in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 20.8% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Original photo: Unknown author, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons File:Lesya Ukrainka portrait crop.jpg .

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Salma Hayek - Mexico

Nominated by: Edith de la Cruz

Salma Hayek (born 1966) inspires me not only because she is a successful actress, producer and activist but also for the obstacles she has overcome to get where she is.  She has leveraged her success to fight for equal rights and draw attention to issues such as violence against women, particularly in Latin America where many females still do not have a voice. Finally, I admire that she has never forgotten her Mexican roots, and despite her success is still down to earth, and authentic.

Mexico is ranked 6th in the world for percentage of women in the national parliament: 48.2% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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The original image “Salma Hayek” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Angela Merkel - Germany

Nominated by: Anni Bisson

AWAITING COPY (born 26 July 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 while in office when her daughter was born in June 2018.

Germany is ranked 49th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 31.5% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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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: data.ipu.org) 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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