100 Women (BBC)

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100 Women
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Years active9 in 2021
Inaugurated22 October 2013 (2013-10-22)
Most recentDecember 2022 (2022-12)
Website100 Women

100 Women is a BBC multi-format series established in 2013. The annual series examines the role of women in the 21st century and has included events in London[1] and Mexico.[2][3] Announcement of the list is the start of an international "BBC's women season", lasting three weeks including broadcast, online reports, debates and journalism on the topic of women.[4] Women around the world are encouraged to participate via Twitter and comment on the list, as well as on the interviews and debates that follow release of the list.[5]


After the 2012 Delhi gang rape, then BBC Controller Liliane Landor,[6] BBC editor Fiona Crack[7] and other journalists, were inspired to create a series focusing on the issues and achievements of women in society today.[8] They felt that many of the issues women faced were not getting in-depth coverage, and in March 2013 a "flood of feedback from female listeners" was received by the BBC to the effect that the corporation should provide more "content from and about women."[9]

The BBC launched this series in 2013 to address the under-representation of women in the media.[8][10] Women to participate in the first program were chosen by survey in 26 different language services.[9] Programming ran over the course of a month, culminating in a conference held on 25 October, in which 100 women from across the world discussed issues they shared. A wide range of topics were debated covering employment challenges, feminism, motherhood, and religion,[11] to examine both the cultural and social challenges women faced in living their lives.[12]

The series has since covered many topics, including education, healthcare, equal pay, genital mutilation, domestic violence, and sexual abuse[13] and seeks to provide women with a platform to discuss how to improve the world and eliminate sexism.[14] Women included on the list are from around the globe, and involved in diverse fields of endeavour.[15] Women who are already famous are included, as well as people who are less known.[16][17]



The list for 2022 was released on 6 December. Women included this year were Olena Zelenska of Ukraine, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, the singer Billie Eilish, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Selma Blair, Lina Abu Akleh, Alla Pugacheva, Elnaz Rekabi and Yulimar Rojas.[18]

Image Name Country of birth Description[19]
Lina Abu Akleh  Palestine Armenia[how?] Human rights advocate
Dima Aktaa  Syria Refugee and parathlete
Maeen Al-Obaidi  Yemen Lawyer
ZahraAmirEbrahimiParis.jpg Zar Amir Ebrahimi  Iran Actress
Fatima Amiri  Afghanistan Student
Aye Nyein Thu  Myanmar Medical doctor
Velmariri Bambari  Indonesia Activist
Sirisha Bandla  India Aeronautical engineer
Victoria Baptiste  USA Nurse and vaccine educator
Niloufar Bayani  Iran Ecologist
Versailles - Sœur Nathalie Becquart - 1.jpg Nathalie Becquart  France (also a citizen of the   Vatican City) Nun
Taisia Bekbulatova  Russia Journalist
Kristina Berdynskykh  Ukraine Journalist
Selma Blair, May 2010 (sq cropped).jpg Selma Blair  USA Actress
Tarana Burke 2018 Disobedience Awards at the MIT Media Lab (cropped).jpg Tarana Burke  USA Activist
Sandy Cabrera Arteaga  Honduras Reproductive rights advocate
Ona Carbonell (ESP) 2022.jpg Ona Carbonell  Spain Swimmer
María Fernanda Castro Maya  Mexico Disability activist
Sarah Chan  South Sudan NBA scouter
Priyanka Chopra promoting The Sky Is Pink.jpg Priyanka Chopra  India Actress and producer
Sanjida Islam Choya  Bangladesh Student
Chanel Contos  Australia Sexual consent activist
Mónica Eva Copa Murga (Official Photo, 2015) Alejandra Vaca, Chamber of Senators of Bolivia.jpg Eva Copa  Bolivia Politician
Heidi Crowter 2021 (cropped).jpg Heidi Crowter  UK Disability campaigner
The Hi Hat - Billie Eilish 08 10 2017 -3 (36529010754).jpg Billie Eilish  USA Singer and songwriter
Sandya Eknelygoda IWOC 1 (cropped).png Sandya Eknelygoda  Sri Lanka Human rights activist
Gohar Eshghi.jpg Gohar Eshghi  Iran Civil activist
Joy Ezeilo  Nigeria Law professor
Ibijoke Faborode  Nigeria Founder of ElectHER
Samrawit Fikru  Ethiopia Tech entrepreneur
Ceci Flores  Mexico Activist
Geraldina Guerra Garcés  Ecuador Femicide activist
Wegahta Gebreyohannes Abera  Ethiopia Humanitarian aid worker
Moud Goba  UK LGBTQ+ activist
Dilek Gürsoy  Germany Heart surgeon
Gehad Hamdy  Egypt Dentist and humanitarian
Sofía Heinonen  Argentina Conservationist
Judith Heumann, 2014 (cropped).jpg Judith Heumann  USA Disability rights advocate
Erika Hilton  Brazil Politician and activist for black and LGBT rights
Kimiko Hirata  Japan Climate activist
Jebina Yasmin Islam  UK UK campaigner for women's safety
Jabeur RG21 (28) (51376383568).jpg Ons Jabeur  Tunisia Tennis player
Sneha Jawale  India Social worker
Zahra Joya  Afghanistan Journalist
RJ 2018.jpg Reema Juffali  Saudi Arabia Racing driver
Kadri Keung  Hong Kong Fashion designer
Judy Kihumba  Kenya Sign language interpreter
Marie Christina Kolo  Madagascar Climate entrepreneur
Iryna Kondratova  Ukraine Paediatrician
Asonele Kotu  South Africa Tech entrepreneur
Mie Kyung (Miky) Lee  South Korea Producer
Official Portrait of Ursula von der Leyen.jpg Ursula von der Leyen  Germany President of the European Commission
Erika Liriano  Dominican Republic Cocoa entrepreneur
Naomi Long MLA.jpg Naomi Long  Northern Ireland (uses a  UK passport) Politician
Naja Lyberth  Greenland Psychologist
Ayesha Malik  Pakistan Judge
Hadizatou Mani (Niger).png Hadizatou Mani  Niger Anti-slavery campaigner
Nigar Marf  Iraq Nurse
Oleksandra Matviychuk on United States Institute of Peace.jpg Oleksandra Matviichuk  Ukraine Human rights lawyer and pro-democracy activist, helps Ukraine document proof of Russian atrocities resulting from Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Professor Laura McAllister (8552094408).jpg Laura McAllister  Wales UK Professor and former footballer
Milli  Thailand Rap artist
Zahra Mohammadi.jpg Zara Mohammadi  Iran Educator
Narges Karim Mohammadi – BBC Persian, Feb 24, 2021.jpg Narges Mohammadi  Iran Human rights campaigner
Rita Moreno 2014.jpg Rita Moreno  Puerto Rico USA Actress
Mia Mottley (2021) (cropped).jpg Mia Mottley  Barbados Prime minister
Salima Rhadia Mukansanga.jpg Salima Rhadia Mukansanga  Rwanda Referee
Monica Musonda, Founder & CEO, Business Java Foods 20200120144838 GMCB9983 (49419178233) (cropped).jpg Monica Musonda  Zambia Businesswoman
Ifeoma Ozoma  USA Public policy and tech specialist
Yuliia "Tayra" Paievska.png Yuliia Paievska  Ukraine Paramedic
민주당 전국여성위원회, 블루스타트포럼 발족식 2 (cropped).jpg Park Ji-hyun  South Korea Political reformer
Tamana Zaryab Paryani  Afghanistan Activist
Alice Pataxó  Brazil Indigenous activist
Roya Piraei  Iran Activist
Alla Pugacheva on Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk 01 (cropped).jpg Alla Pugacheva  Russia Musician
Sepideh Qoliyan  Iran Political campaigner
ElnazRekabi2019.jpg Elnaz Rekabi  Iran Climber, appeared at a sporting event without a hijab in violation of Iran's clothing laws, was arrested as her action was interpreted by the Iranian government as a silent protest against the law in the context of feminist protesters in Iran at the time
Nancy Grace Roman with Jane Rigby and JWST (Cropped).png Jane Rigby  USA Astronomer and astrophysicist
Yulimar Rojas - Triple saut Femmes (48614911652) (cropped).jpg Yulimar Rojas  Venezuela Triple jumper
Yuliia Sachuk  Ukraine Disability leader
Ainura Sagyn  Kyrgyzstan Engineer
Roza Salih campaigning for equal access to abortion in Ireland (cropped).png Roza Salih  Iraq (active in  Scotland UK) Politician, Scottish Independence activist
Sally Scales  Australia Artist
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah.jpg Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah  Ghana Author
Suvada Selimović  Bosnia and Herzegovina Peace campaigner
Geetanjali.jpg Geetanjali Shree  India Author
Monica Simpson  USA Reproductive justice activist
Skochilenko.jpg Alexandra Skochilenko  Russia Artist, imprisoned by the Russian government for protesting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Simone-tebet-076.jpg Simone Tebet  Brazil Member of the Brazilian Federal Senate
Kisanet Tedros  Eritrea Educational entrepreneur
אפרת טילמה בבית השגריר הבריטי (cropped).jpg Efrat Tilma  Israel Volunteer
Maryna Viazovska  Ukraine Mathematician
Velia Vidal  Colombia Writer
Esraa Warda  Algeria USA Dancer
Xianzi (2022) 2 (cropped).png Zhou Xiaoxuan  China Feminist activist
Dharma Master Shih Cheng Yen.jpg Cheng Yen  Taiwan Buddhist philanthropist, founder of the Tzu Chi humanitarian organisation
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.jpg Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe  Iran (also a citizen of the  UK) Charity worker
Участь Президента України у другому Саміті перших леді та джентльменів 45.jpg Olena Zelenska  Ukraine Incumbent First Lady, architect and screenwriter
March of Ukraine's Defenders in Kiev, 2019.08.24 - 36crop.jpg Yana Zinkevych  Ukraine Medical volunteer and military veteran
Solidarity with Iranian Protests (52383249999).jpg Women cutting their hair  Iran Group of protesters against Iran's laws against women, (especially the law mandating that women have a hijab at all times) and against its restrictive laws and theocratic government more generally
Layli  Iran Protester


The 2021 list was published on 7 December with special focus on Afghanistan. The year's keyword is reset, covering women who have contributed to "playing their part to reinvent our society, our culture and our world".[19] Not everyone's real name was used for their safety; pseudonymised laureates are marked in the table below with an asterisk.

Image Name Country of birth Description[19]
Lima Aafshid  Afghanistan Poet
Halima Aden Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2019.jpg Halima Aden  Kenya Humanitarian and former model
Oluyemi Adetiba-Orija  Nigeria Founder - Headfort Foundation
Muqadasa Ahmadzai  Afghanistan Social and political activist
Rada Akbar  Afghanistan Artist
Abia Akram  Pakistan Disability leader
Leena Alam Festival gpeg2016 (cropped).jpg Leena Alam  Afghanistan Actress
Dr Alema  Afghanistan Philosopher and campaigner
Sevda Altunoluk  Turkey Professional goalball player
Wahida Amiri  Afghanistan Librarian and protester
Monica Araya donated by Dave Malkoff (sq cropped).jpg Mónica Araya  Costa Rica Emissions-free transportation advocate
Natasha-asghar.jpg Natasha Asghar  United Kingdom Member of the Welsh Senedd
Zuhal Atmar  Afghanistan Entrepreneur - Gul-e-Mursal recycling
Marcelina Bautista Bautista cropped.jpg Marcelina Bautista  Mexico Activist and union leader
Crystal Bayat (sq cropped).jpg Crystal Bayat  Afghanistan Activist
Razia Barakzai  Afghanistan Protester
Nilofar Bayat (sq cropped).jpg Nilofar Bayat  Afghanistan Wheelchair basketball player
Jos Boys  United Kingdom Architect
Catherine Corless  Ireland Local historian
Faiza Darkhani  Afghanistan Environmentalist
Azmina Dhrodia (sq cropped).jpg Azmina Dhrodia  Canada Safety policy lead - Bumble
Pashtana Durrani  Afghanistan Teacher - Learn Afghanistan
Najla El Mangoush in 2021 (sq cropped).jpg Najla El Mangoush  United Kingdom
Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs
Shila Ensandost  Afghanistan Teacher
Saeeda Etebari  Afghanistan Jewellery designer
Sahar Fetrat  Afghanistan Feminist activist
Chatham House Prize 2014 (15848093031) (sq cropped).jpg Melinda French Gates  United States Philanthropist and businesswoman
Fatima Gailani  Afghanistan Peace negotiator
Carolina García  Argentina Director - Netflix
Saghi Ghahraman  Iran Poet
Ghawgha Taban  Afghanistan Musician
Angela Ghayour  Afghanistan Teacher and founder - Herat Online School
Jamila Gordon  Somalia Chief Executive - Lumachain
Najlla Habibyar  Afghanistan Entrepreneur
Laila Haidari  Pakistan Founder - Mother Camp
Zarlasht Halaimzai  Afghanistan Chief executive - Refugee Trauma Initiative
Secret Series at Kabul, Afghanistan.jpg Shamsia Hassani  Afghanistan Street artist
Nasrin Husseini  Afghanistan Veterinarian
Momena Ibrahimi  Afghanistan Policewoman
Mugdha Kalra  India Co-founder - Not That Different
Freshta Karim  Afghanistan Founder of Charmaghz mobile library
Amena Karimyan  Afghanistan Astronomer
Aliya Kazimy  Afghanistan Educator
Official portrait of Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws crop 2, 2019.jpg Baroness Helena Kennedy QC  United Kingdom Director - International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute
Hoda Khamosh  Iran Period campaigner
Mia Krisna Pratiwi  Indonesia Environmentalist
Heidi Larson for World Economic Forum.jpg Heidi J Larson  United States Director - The Vaccine Confidence Project
Iman Le Caire  Egypt Founder - Trans Asylias
Sevidzem Ernestine Leikeki  Cameroon Climate activist
Elisa Loncon 2021.jpg Elisa Loncón Antileo  Chile President - Constitutional Convention
Chloé Lopes Gomes  France Ballet dancer
*Mahera  Afghanistan Medical doctor
*Maral  Afghanistan Campaigner
*Masouma  Afghanistan Public prosecutor
Hon. Fiamē Naomi Mata'afa (cropped).jpg Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa  Samoa Prime minister of the Independent State of Samoa
Salima Mazari  Iran Politician and former district governor
Depelsha Thomas McGruder  United States Founder - Moms of Black Boys Utd.
Mulu Mefsin  Ethiopia Nurse
Mohadese Mirzaee  Afghanistan Pilot
Fahima Mirzaie  Afghanistan Whirling-dervish dancer
Tlaleng Mofokeng  South Africa UN’s Rapporteur on the right to health
Tanya Muzinda  Zimbabwe Motocross athlete
2020 - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (sq cropped) (cropped).jpg Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  Nigeria Writer
Lynn Ngugi  Kenya Journalist
Amanda Nguyen at House Judiciary Committee.jpg Amanda Nguyen  United States Social entrepreneur
Basira Paigham  Afghanistan Gender-minorities activist
Natalia Pasternak IQC 2019 (sq ).jpg Natalia Pasternak Taschner  Brazil Microbiologist and science communicator
Monica Paulus  Papua New Guinea Campaigner against sorcery violence
Rehana Popal  Afghanistan Barrister
Manjula Pradeep addresses a crowd (sq cropped).jpg Manjula Pradeep  India Human-rights activist
*Razma  Afghanistan Musician
*Rohila  Afghanistan Schoolgirl
Alba Rueda  Argentina Trans activist
*Ruksana  Afghanistan Surgeon
Halima Sadaf Karimi  Afghanistan Politician and former MP
Roya Sadat (Afghanistan).jpg Roya Sadat  Afghanistan Film-maker
Shogufa Safi  Afghanistan Orchestra conductor
*Sahar  Afghanistan Footballer
Soma Sara  United Kingdom Founder - Everyone’s Invited
Mahbouba Seraj  Afghanistan Women's-rights activist
ElifShafak creditZeynelAbidin.jpg Elif Shafak  France Novelist
Anisa Shaheed  Afghanistan Journalist
The Three New Archdeacons (9764190886) (Mina Smallman cropped).jpg Mina Smallman  United Kingdom Priest and educator
Barbara Smolińska  Poland Founder - Reborn Sugar Babies
*Ein Soe May  Myanmar Pro-democracy activist
Piper Stege Nelson  United States Public Strategies Officer - The Safe Alliance
Fatima Sultani  Afghanistan Mountaineer
Adelaide Lala Tam  China Designer
Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng  Myanmar Catholic nun
Emma Theofelus  Namibia Politician
Sara Wahedi  Afghanistan Chief executive - Ehtesab
Vera Wang 2009 portrait Tribeca.jpg Vera Wang  United States Fashion designer
Alison Klayman-Nanfu Wang-Justine Nagan - Hooligan Sparrow (cropped) - Nanfu Wang.jpg Nanfu Wang  China Film-maker
Roshanak Wardak  Afghanistan Gynaecologist
Ming-Na Wen (48379221082) (cropped) (2).jpg Ming-Na Wen  Macau Actress
Rebel Wilson 2019 3.png Rebel Wilson  Australia Actress, writer and producer
Benafsha Yaqoobi  Afghanistan Disability activist
Shinzō Abe and Malala Yousafzai (1) (cropped).jpg Malala Yousafzai  Pakistan Co-founder, Malala Fund
Yuma  Turkmenistan Psychotherapist
Zala Zazai  Afghanistan Policewoman


The 2020 list was described as "different" before it was scheduled to be announced on 24 November 2020,[20] but it was released the day before.[21]

Image Name Country of birth Description[22]
Unsung hero Worldwide The BBC included "Unsung hero" on its list as a way to acknowledge the "countless women around the world" who "have made a sacrifice to help others" in this "extraordinary year," including those who "have lost their lives while making a difference."
Douce Namwezi N'Ibamba Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Social entrepreneur, journalist and activist
Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim Nigeria Nigeria LGBTQ film director and activist
รุ้ง ปนัสยา สิทธิจิรวัฒนกุล Rung Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul.jpg Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul  Thailand Student activist
Ishtar Lakhani  South Africa Feminist activist
Sarah Amiri - Sustaining the Space Economy - 2019 (48177030097) (cropped).jpg Sarah Al-Amiri  UAE Chair, UAE Space Agency
Waad Al-Kateab - 2020.jpg Waad al-Kateab  Syria Activist, journalist and filmmaker
Anastasia Volkova  Ukraine Agricultural innovator.
Gulnaz Zhuzbaeva  Kyrgyzstan Disability activist
Just Adriana Albini at TEDx Foggia (cropped).jpg Adriana Albini  Italy Pathologist and veteran fencer
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, 2020.jpg Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya  Belarus Belarus politician
Ubah Ali.jpg Ubah Ali  Somaliland Advocate against female genital mutilation
Dr Etheldreda Nakmuli Mpungu Uganda (sq cropped).png Etheldreda Nakimuli-Mpungu  Uganda Mental health programme developer
Nisreen Alwan  Iraq

 United Kingdom

Health and wellbeing of women through public health
Bilkis Bano India Activist against the release of men convicted of gang-raping
Kotchakorn Voraakhom (sq cropped).jpg Kotchakorn Voraakhom  Thailand Thai landscape architect
Elizabeth Anionwu portrait 2017(cropped).jpg Elizabeth Anionwu  United Kingdom Sickle cell and thalassaemia nurse specialist
Nadeen Ashraf American University in Cairo AUC Conference Panel On Sexual Harassment .jpg Nadeen Ashraf  Egypt Advocate against sexual harassment
Erica Baker (cropped).jpg Erica Baker  Germany Software engineer
Bilkis Dadi  India Protestor
Baroness Barran Official Portrait.jpg Diana Barran  United Kingdom Minister for Civil Society
Cindy Burbridge.jpg Cindy Bishop  Thailand UN goodwill ambassador
Macinley Butson  Australia Inventor
EvelinaCabrera.jpg Evelina Cabrera  Argentina Football coach and manager
Wendy Beatriz Caishpal Jaco  El Salvador Advocate for the rights of disabled people
Carolina Castro  Argentina Advocate for gender equality
Agnes Chow on Tim Mei Avenue (cropped).jpg Agnes Chow  Hong Kong Pro-democracy activist
Patrisse Cullors.jpg Patrisse Cullors  USA Human rights activist
Tsitsi Dangarembga 2006-11.jpg Tsitsi Dangarembga  Zimbabwe Novelist and filmmaker
Shani Dhanda  UK Disability activist
Naomi Dickson  UK Advocate for Jewish women and children suffering from domestic abuse
Ilwadelman2 (cropped).jpg Ilwad Elman  Somalia Peace activist
Fang Fang  China Writer
Eileen Flynn 2020.jpg Eileen Flynn  Ireland Senator and social activist
Lauren Gardner  USA Epidemiologist
Alicia Garza.jpg Alicia Garza  USA Human rights activist
Isaivani India India Gaana singer and political campaigner
Salsabila Khairunnisa  Indonesia Environmental campaigner and school strike for climate leader
Susana Raffalli  Venezuela Delivering nutrition to the malnourished
Loza Abera Geinore  Ethiopia Association footballer
Houda Abouz.png Houda Abouz  Morocco Rapper, women's rights and gender equality advocate
Rina Akter  Bangladesh Bangladeshi sex worker turned humanitarian
Nadine Kaadan  France children's author and illustrator
Jemimah Kariuki  Kenya Doctor & ambulance service creator
Angelique Kidjo - Photo- Cotonou, 2017.jpg Angélique Kidjo  Benin Musician and UNICEF ambassador
Leo Yee Sin at SG50 Infectious Diseases.jpg Yee-Sin Leo  Singapore Research leader
Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin 2019 (cropped).jpg Sanna Marin  Finland Prime Minister of Finland
Zahara Nairobi (cropped).JPG Bulelwa Mkutukana  South Africa Singer songwriter
Sania Nishtar at the World Economic Forum on India 2012 (cropped).jpg Sania Nishtar  Pakistan Global health leader
Phyllis Omido, 2014 (cropped).JPG Phyllis Omido  Kenya Environmental activist
Laleh Osmany  Afghanistan Women's rights activist and founder of #WhereIsMyName campaign
Nasrin Sotoudeh.jpg Nasrin Sotoudeh  Iran Lawyer and human rights activist
22 - Lea T-001 (17107157436) (cropped).jpg Lea T  Brazil Transgender rights advocate and model
Ayọ Tometi - 2021 (51648565860) (cropped).jpg Ayu (Opal) Tometi  USA Human rights activist
Arussi Unda  Mexico Campaigner against femicide
Siouxsie Wiles MNZN (cropped).jpg Siouxsie Wiles  UK Scientist and public health communicator
Michelle Yeoh Cannes 2017 2 (cropped).jpg Michelle Yeoh  Malaysia Actress and UN goodwill ambassador
Sapana Roka Magar    Nepal Social worker
Aisha Yesufu.png Aisha Yesufu  Nigeria Activist - Bring Back Our Girls
Christina Adane on The British Library.jpg Christina Adane  Netherlands Campaigner against injustices of food system (free school meals)
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr  Sierra Leone Freetown mayor
Karen Dolva  Norway Co-founder of No Isolation
Jeong Eun-kyeong  South Korea Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency commissioner, led COVID-19 response
Somaya Faruqi  Afghanistan Robotics team leader
Jane Fonda Cannes 2015.jpg Jane Fonda  United States Actor and social activist
Kiran Gandhi  United States Singer, musician, and gender liberation activist
Iman Ghaleb Al-Hamli  Yemen Manager of a women-run microgrid
Sarah Gilbert  United Kingdom Scientist developing COVID-19 vaccine
Mama Maggie in 2019.jpg
Maggie Gobran  Egypt Coptic nun and child welfare advocate
Rebeca Gyumi.png Rebeca Gyumi  Tanzania Lawyer and founder of girls' rights organization Msichana Initiative
Deta Hedman on Darts Planet TV.jpg
Deta Hedman  Jamaica Darts champion
Muyesser Abdul'ehed Hendan  China Uyghur writer and language activist
Miho Imada  Japan Master sake brewer
Mansi Joshi in 2020 (sq cropped).jpg Manasi Joshi  India Para-badminton champion
Mulenga Kapwepwe II.jpg
Mulenga Kapwepwe  Zambia Artist and founder of the Zambian Women's History Museum
Gülsüm Kav 2.jpg
Gülsüm Kav  Turkey Doctor, activist, co-founder of We Will Stop Femicide
Installation of Chancellor Professor Jackie Kay MBE - University of Salford, Peel Hall (17320850932) (cropped).jpg
Jackie Kay  United Kingdom Writer, national poet of Scotland
Mahira Khan at Masala Awards (cropped).jpg
Mahira Khan  Pakistan Actor and activist
Chu Kim Duc  Vietnam Architect and child welfare activist
Safaa Kumari  Syria Plant virologist
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Claudia López Hernández  Colombia Mayor of Bogotá
Josina Machel  Mozambique Human rights activist
Hayat Mirshad  Mozambique Activist, journalist, co-founder of Fe-Male collective
Lucy Monaghan  United Kingdom Campaigner against sexual violence
Vanessa Nakate.jpg
Vanessa Nakate  Uganda Climate activist
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Nandar  Myanmar Feminist activist
Vernetta M Nay Moberly  United States Iñupiaq activist
Nemonte Nenquimo  Ecuador Waorani activist
Ridhima Pandey  India Climate activist
Lorna Prendergast  Australia Dementia researcher
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Oksana Pushkina  Russia Politician, member of the State Duma
Cibele Racy  Brazil Teacher, racial equality activist
Pardis Sabeti  Iran Computational geneticist
Febfi Setyawati  Indonesia Activist, founder of Untukteman.id
Ruth Shady  Peru Archaeologist
Kathryn D. Sullivan NOAA Leadership.jpg
Kathy Sullivan  United States Scientist and astronaut
Rima Sultana Rimu  Bangladesh Humanitarian activist working with Rohingya refugees
Anita tijoux.jpg
Ana Tijoux  France Chilean hip hop protester
Yulia Tsvetkova on Radio 2.webp
Yulia Tsvetkova  Russia Activist, political prisoner
Elin Williams  United Kingdom Disability rights activist
Alice Wong participated at the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act via robot (cropped).jpg Alice Wong  United States Disability rights activist


The 2019 list was announced on 16 October 2019.[23] The list of candidates was chosen from those nominated by the BBC's different language teams using the 2020 theme which was "The Female Future".[24]

Image Name Country of birth Description[23]
Precious Adams.jpg Precious Adams  United States Ballet dancer
Parveena Ahanger  India Human rights activist
Piera Aiello daticamera 2018.jpg Piera Aiello  Italy Anti-mafia politician
Jasmin Akter  Bangladesh
 United Kingdom
Rohingya refugee and cricketer
Manal Al Dowayan Soft Power.jpg Manal Al Dowayan  Saudi Arabia Saudi photographer and artist
Taekwondo at the 2016 Summer Olympics women Kimia Alizadeh.jpg Kimia Alizadeh  Iran First female Iranian Olympic medallist
Alanoud Alsharekh  Kuwait Women's rights activist
Marwa Al-Sabouni  Syria Architect who runs only Arabic website for architectural news
Rida Al Tubuly  Libya Peace campaigner
Tabata Amaral em abril de 2019 (recorte).jpg Tabata Amaral  Brazil Politician working for education, women's rights, political innovation and sustainable futures
Yalitza Aparicio (31374009897).jpg Yalitza Aparicio  Mexico Actress and human rights activist
Dayna Ash 2020.jpg Dayna Ash  Lebanon Poet and cultural activist
Dina AsherSmith Euro Champs 2018.JPG Dina Asher-Smith  United Kingdom Fastest woman in British history
MiMi Aung.jpg MiMi Aung  United States NASA project manager and engineer
Nisha Ayub of Malaysia (26050451621).jpg Nisha Ayub  Malaysia Transgender activist
Judith Bakirya  Uganda Organic farmer and women's rights activist
Ayah Bdeir.jpg Ayah Bdeir  Lebanon
Founder of littleBits and STEM advocate
Dhammananda09.jpg Dhammananda Bhikkhuni  Thailand First female Thai Buddhist monk
Mabel Bianco.jpg Mabel Bianco  Argentina Feminist medical doctor and women's rights activist
Raya Bidshahri  Iran Educator and founder of Awecademy
Katie Bouman answers questions about the Event Horizon Telescope project.jpg Katie Bouman  United States Processed first-ever image of a black hole
Sinéad Burke speaking on "When Building This World, No One Thought of Me".png Sinéad Burke  Ireland Disability activist
BBC 100 Women Lisa Campo-Engelstein PhD (cropped).jpg Lisa Campo-Engelstein  United States Bioethicist and fertility and contraceptive researcher
Scarlett Curtis  United Kingdom Co-founder of The Pink Protest
Ella Daish  United Kingdom Environmentalist and anti-plastic campaigner
Sharan Dhaliwal  United Kingdom Writer and advocate for mental and sexual health for young South Asians, and LGBTQ rights
Salwa Eid Naser 2017.jpg Salwa Eid Naser  Nigeria
400m world champion runner
El Kaliouby.jpg Rana el Kaliouby  Egypt Artificial emotional intelligence pioneer
Entrevista de Canciller María Fernanda Espinosa (36388035054) (cropped).jpg Maria Fernanda Espinosa  Ecuador Fourth woman member of the UN General Assembly
Lucinda Evans  South Africa Women's rights activist and founder of Philisa Abafazi Bethu (Heal our Women)
Sister Gerard Fernandez  Singapore Roman Catholic nun and death row counsellor
Bethany Firth Rio2016.jpg Bethany Firth  United Kingdom Paralympic swimmer
Owl Fisher  Iceland Transgender activist, journalist and writer
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 2015 (1 av 2).jpg Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  Jamaica 100m world sprint champion
Zarifa Ghafari 2020 (cropped).jpg Zarifa Ghafari  Afghanistan One of Afghanistan's first female mayors; clean city advocate
Jalilah Haider Pose for a Photo (49618619623) (cropped).jpg Jalila Haider  Pakistan Human rights lawyer and women's rights advocate
Tayla Harris 11.03.18.jpg Tayla Harris  Australia Australian rules footballer and boxer
Hollie  United States Sex trafficking survivor
Huang Wensi  China Professional boxer
Luchita Hurtado  Venezuela Artist and environmental advocate
Yumi Ishikawa  Japan Gender discrimination campaigner and founder of #kutoo movement
Asmaa James  Sierra Leone Journalist and women's rights activist
Aranya Johar  India Beat poet who writes about gender equality, mental health and body positivity
Katrina Johnston Zimmerman Urban Anthropologist 2019 at BBC (sq cropped).jpg Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman  United States Urban anthropologist and co-founder of The Women Led Cities Initiative
Gada Kadoda with flowers after KMCA2012.jpg Gada Kadoda  Sudan Founder of the Sudanese Knowledge Society and trainer of community engineers
Amy Karle. Artist, Bioartist, Futurist.jpg Amy Karle  United States Bioartist and 3D-designer
Ahlam Khudr  Sudan Human rights protest leader
Fiona Kolbinger  Germany First woman cyclist to win the Transcontinental Race
Hiyori Kon  Japan Sumo wrestler
Aïssata Lam  Mauritania Microfinance expert and women's rights advocate
이수정 교수.jpg Soo Jung Lee  South Korea Forensic psychologist and advocate for anti-stalking bill
Fei-Fei Li at AI for Good 2017.jpg Fei-Fei Li  United States Pioneer of artificial intelligence who encourages women and minorities to build AI
Erika lust.jpg Erika Lust  Sweden Erotic film director, screenwriter and producer
Lauren Mahon  United Kingdom Cancer survivor and podcaster
Fogarty-nih-50th-symposium-speaker-julie-makani (41926010224).jpg Julie Makani  Tanzania Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease
Lisa Mandemaker  Netherlands Designer of prototype artificial womb
Jamie Margolin  United States Climate change activist and co-rounder of Zero Hour movement
(Francia Márquez) F70A6326 (49199213312) (cropped).jpg Francia Márquez  Colombia Afro-Colombian environmentalist and leader of 10-day, 350-mile women's march
Gina Martin  United Kingdom Campaigner to make upskirting illegal in England and Wales
Sarah Martins Da Silva  United Kingdom Fertility researcher
Raja Meziane  Algeria Anti-government songs about social injustice, alleged corruption and inequality
Dr. Susmita Mohanty.jpg Susmita Mohanty  India Spaceship designer, entrepreneur and passionate climate action advocate
Benedicte Mundele  Democratic Republic of the Congo Fresh food entrepreneur
Subhalakshmi Nandi  India Gender equity researcher and campaigner
Trang at Burger Zoo.jpg Trang Nguyen  Vietnam Wildlife conservationist
Van Thi Nguyen  Vietnam Co-founder of the Will to Live Center
Natasha Noel  India Body positivity influencer
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Official Portrait.jpg Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  United States Youngest woman elected to Congress
Farida mauritius 003.jpg Farida Osman  Egypt First woman in Egypt to win a swimming medal
Ashcharya Peiris  Sri Lanka Blind fashion designer and motivational speaker
Danit Peleg  Israel Fashion designer of 3D-printed clothing
Autumn Peltier  Canada Clean water advocate
Swietenia Puspa Lestari  Indonesia Founder of the Divers Clean Action Foundation and anti-straw campaigner
Megan Rapinoe (May 2019) (cropped).jpg Megan Rapinoe  United States Advocate for equality in football(soccer)
Onjali Raúf at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.jpg Onjali Q. Raúf  United Kingdom Writer and founder of Making Herstory
Charlene Ren  China Clean water advocate
Maria Ressa.jpg Maria Ressa  Philippines Journalist and founder of Rappler website to expose fake news
Djamila Ribeiro.jpg Djamila Ribeiro  Brazil Writer and Afro-Brazilian women's rights advocate
Jawahir Roble  Somalia
 United Kingdom
UK's first Muslim, black, female, hijab-wearing referee[clarification needed]
Najat Aoun Saliba (sq cropped).jpg Najat Saliba  Lebanon Air pollution research
Nanjira Sambuli, Senior Policy Manager at World Wide Web Foundation at the 2018 2018 African Submit on Women and Girls Technology.jpg Nanjira Sambuli  Kenya World Wide Web Foundation digital equality expert
Zehra Sayers  Turkey Chair of the SESAME project
Hayfa Sdiri  Tunisia Entrepreneur and UN gender equality campaigner
Noor Shaker  Syria Artificial intelligence innovator
Bonita Sharma.jpg Bonita Sharma    Nepal Founder of The Social Changemakers and Innovators
Dr. Vandana Shiva DS.jpg Vandana Shiva  India Environmental leader and winner of the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize
Pragati Singh  India Indian Aces, an online community for asexual people
Соболь, Любовь.png Lyubov Sobol  Russia Anti-corruption activist
Samah Subay  Yemen Lawyer supporting families whose children have 'disappeared'
Kalista Sy  Senegal Screenwriter of television series Mistress of a Married Man
Bella Thorne for Vogue 2019.png Bella Thorne  United States Actress and director
Véronique Thouvenot WSIS Forum 2013 - (WHO, ITU) (cropped).jpg Veronique Thouvenot  Chile Leader of the Zero Mothers Die initiative
Greta Thunberg 02 cropped.jpg Greta Thunberg  Sweden Climate change activist
Paola Villarreal  Mexico Computer programmer who developed Data for Justice
Ida Vitale at Texas A&M University.jpg Ida Vitale  Uruguay Fifth woman to win Cervantes Prize for lifetime writing achievement
Purity Wako  Uganda Life coach empowering women
MarilynWaring2012.jpg Marilyn Waring  New Zealand Feminist economist and environmental activist
AmyWebb.jpg Amy Webb  United States Futurist
Sara Wesslin  Finland Skolt Sami journalist who lobbied for government funding for Sami language teaching
Gina Zurlo  United States Expert in religion statistics


The 2018 list was announced in November 2018. The list included the 27th Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Stacey Cunningham who runs the New York Stock Exchange and Shaparak Shajarizadeh[25] who challenged the Iranian law that requires women to wear the Hijab.[26]

Image Name Country of birth Description[27]
Abisoye 1.jpg Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin  Nigeria Social impact entrepreneur, Nigeria
Esra'a Al Shafei Bahrain Bahrain Leads not-for-profit Majal.org
Svetlana Alekseeva  Russia Burns survivor
LIZT ALFONSO WIKIPEDIA 02.jpg Lizt Alfonso  Cuba Director and choreographer, Cuba
2019 Freedom of Expression Awards (40575329543).jpg Nimco Ali  United Kingdom
Somaliland Somaliland
FGM activist in Somaliland
Isabel Allende - 001.jpg Isabel Allende  Peru Writer
Boushra Yahya Almutawakel  Yemen Photographer
Alina Anisimova  Kyrgyzstan student programmer at Kyrgyz Girls' Space School
Frances Arnold 2012.png Frances Arnold  United States Nobel Prize winning chemical engineer
Uma Devi Badi    Nepal Leader of the Badi movement and member of the Provincial Assembly in Nepal
Judith Balcazar  United Kingdom Fashion designer and co-founder of Giggle Knickers (underwear for women with urinary incontinence)
Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista IWOC 2.jpg Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista  Peru Lawyer who works against domestic violence as the face of the NiUnaMenos (Not One [woman] Less)
Leyla Belyanova  Uzbekistan Academic and ecologist, seeking to protect Uzbekistan's birdlife and mountain ecosystems
Photo Analia -3.jpg Analia Bortz  Argentina Doctor, rabbi and bioethicist treating women with fertility problems
Fealofani Bruun (cropped).jpg Fealofani Bruun  Samoa Traditional Polynesian navigator and qualified yachtmaster
Raneen Bukhari  Saudi Arabia Curator, gallery manager, and business developer
Joy Buolamwini - Wikimania 2018 01.jpg Joy Buolamwini  Canada Artificial intelligence artist and researcher
Barbara Burton  United Kingdom Founder and CEO of BehindBras, a charity that supports women prison leavers
Tamara Cheremnova  Russia Author, living with cerebral palsy
Chelsea Clinton DNC July 2016 (cropped).jpg Chelsea Clinton  United States Writer and organiser
Stacey Cunningham October 2019 (cropped).jpg Stacey Cunningham  United States NYSE President
Jenny Davidson (businesswoman)  United States CEO of Stand Up Placer
Asha de Vos.jpg Asha de Vos  Sri Lanka Marine biologist
Gabriella Di Laccio 2016.jpg Gabriella Di Laccio  Brazil Soprano and founder of DONNE: Women in Music
Xiomara Diaz  Nicaragua Entrepreneur and charity founder
Noma Dumezweni Out of Darkness.jpg Noma Dumezweni  United Kingdom
eSwatini actor
Chidera Eggerue November 2017.png Chidera Eggerue  United Kingdom "The Slumflower" blogger
Shrouk El-Attar  Egypt Electronics design engineer
Nicole Evans  United Kingdom Early menopause
Raghda Ezzeldin  Egypt Free diver
Mitra Farazandeh  Iran Artist advocate for people with physical disabilities
Mamitu Gashe  Ethiopia Senior nurse aide and fistula surgeon
Meena Gayen  India Business owner and road builder
G.E.M. Laughing.jpg G.E.M. (Gloria Tang Tsz-kei)  People's Republic of China
 Hong Kong
Fabiola Gianotti Royal Society.jpg Fabiola Gianotti  Italy Particle physicist and director general of CERN
Julia Gillard 2010.jpg Julia Gillard  Australia 27th Prime Minister of Australia
Elena Gorolová SJK 2019 0-50.png Elena Gorolová  Czech Republic Social worker, campaigning against forced sterilisation
Randi Heesoo Griffin  United States Olympic ice hockey player and data scientist, advocate for equal pay for women in ice hockey
Janet Harbick  Canada Altruistic surrogate
Jessica Hayes  United States Theology teacher and consecrated virgin
Thando Hopa at World Economic Forum.jpg Thando Hopa  South Africa Model, lawyer and diversity and inclusion advocate
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim.jpg Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim  Chad Environmentalist and advocate for indigenous people and women
Reyhan Jamalova  Azerbaijan Entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Rainenergy, company that collects energy from rainwater
Jameela Jamil at the 2018 Comic-Con International (42913091955) (cropped).jpg Jameela Jamil  United Kingdom British actor who founded @i-weigh
Liz Johnson  United Kingdom Paralympian gold medal swimmer and entrepreneur, with a recruitment agency aiming to close the disability employment gap
Lao Khang  Laos Rugby player and coach
Joey Mead King  Philippines Model and television presenter
Krishna Kohli.jpg Krishna Kumari  Pakistan Women's rights campaigner elected to Pakistan Senate
Marie Laguerre  France Civil engineer and architecture student, who has developed platform where women can share stories of street harassment
Veasna Chea Leth  Cambodia Lawyer, first woman to study law in Cambodia
Ana Graciela Sagastume López  El Salvador Women and Femicide Special Prosecutor
Maria Corina Machado.jpg Maria Corina Machado  Venezuela Political leader who has campaigned to safeguard democratic processes in Venezuela
Nanaia Mahuta looks left.jpg Nanaia Mahuta  New Zealand Minister of Maori development, first female parliamentarian to wear a Maori face tattoo
Sakdiyah Maruf  Indonesia First female Muslim stand-up comedian
Nujeen Mustafa  Syria Syrian refugee, activist, and a campaigner on behalf of refugees with disabilities
Lisa McGee  United Kingdom Northern Irish playwright and the writer and creator of Derry Girls
Kirsty McGurrell  United Kingdom Charity co-ordinator of 4Louis, providing memory boxes for bereaved parents of stillborn babies
Becki Meakin  United Kingdom General manager of Shaping Our Lives, advocate for people with disabilities
Ruth Medufia.jpg Ruth Medufia  Ghana Female welder acting as role model for young women in the construction industry
Larisa Mikhaltsova  Ukraine Accordion music teacher who became a model at age 63
Amina J. Mohammed in London - 2018 (41824822362) (cropped).jpg Amina J. Mohammed  Nigeria Deputy secretary general, United Nations
Yana Mohammed Foto Uwe Steinert (8568692398) (cropped).jpg Yanar Mohammed  Iraq President of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)
Joseline Esteffania Velasquez Morales  Guatemala Student and NGO co-ordinator, campaigning to end forced marriages
RobinMorgan profile.jpg Robin Morgan  United States Author and activist, founder of The Sisterhood Is Global Institute and the Women's Media Center
Dima Nashawi  Syria Artist, clown and visual storyteller, who collects and reflects tales from Syria
Helena Ndume  Namibia Ophthalmologist who has performed sight-restoring surgeries upon 35,000 Namibians, free of charge
Kelly O'Dwyer 2017.jpg Kelly O'Dwyer  Australia Minister for jobs and industrial relations, and minister for women in the Australian parliament
Yuki Okoda  Japan Astronomer, first person to discover a new star that could shed light on the origins of the Solar System
Professor Olivette Otele, Keynote Lecture, SHS conference 2019 (cropped).jpg Olivette Otele  Cameroon Professor of History at Bath Spa University, England
Claudia Sheinbaum.jpg Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo  Mexico Mayor of Mexico City and Nobel Peace Prize-winning physicist
Park Soo-yeon  South Korea Digital campaigner against sex crimes
Ophelia Pastrana (cropped).png Ophelia Pastrana  Colombia Comedian and media personality
Viji Palithodi  India Activist who founded a women's union in Kerala
AIBa 2018 - Brigitte Sossou Perenyi (sq cropped).jpg Brigitte Sossou Perenyi  Ghana Documentary producer
Vicky Phelan  Ireland Exposed the Irish Cervical Check Screening scandal
Rahibai Soma Popere H2019030865839 (cropped).jpg Rahibai Soma Popere  India Farmer and founder of Seed Bank, India collecting indigenous seeds
Valentina Quintero  Venezuela Journalist promoting tourism and the environment through television programs
Sam Ross  United Kingdom Catering assistant and advocate for people with Down syndrome
Fatma Samoura (cropped).jpg Fatma Samoura  Senegal Secretary General of FIFA
Juliet Sargeant  Tanzania Garden designer
Sima Sarkar  Bangladesh Full-time mother of 18-year-old disabled child
Shaparak Shajarizadeh  Iran Activist against compulsory hijab rule, now in exile
Haven Shepherd  Vietnam Suicide bomb survivor and Paralympic hopeful
Nenney Shushaidah Binti Shamsuddin  Malaysia Female Syiriah judge
Hayat Sindi - PopTech 2012 - Camden Maine USA (8103609979).jpg Hayat Sindi  Saudi Arabia Biotechnologist, Unesco goodwill ambassador for science and founder of the i2 Institute for imagination and ingenuity
Jacqueline Straub  Germany Theologian, journalist and author seeking to become a Catholic priest
Donna Strickland, OSA Holiday Party 2012.jpg Donna Strickland  Canada Professor of Physics, University of Waterloo, Canada and winner of Nobel Prize in Physics, 2018
Kanpassorn Suriyasangpetch  Thailand Mental health advocate and app developer
Setsuko Takamizawa  Japan Learning English to help tourists at Tokyo's 2020 Olympic Games
Nargis Taraki  Afghanistan NGO legal adviser who campaigns for female empowerment
Ellen Tejle.jpg Ellen Tejle  Sweden Campaigner for awareness of women's representation in film
Helen Taylor Thompson  United Kingdom AIDs Hospice founder
Bola Tinubu  Nigeria Lawyer who established the first free children's helpline in Nigeria
ErrollynWallenSnapeMaltings.jpg Errollyn Wallen  United Kingdom
Opera composer and performer
Safiya Wazir (49119269071).jpg Safiya Wazir  Afghanistan Community activist
Dr Gladys West Hall of Fame.jpg Gladys West  United States Mathematician, instrumental in developing GPS
Luo Yang  People's Republic of China Art photography series on Chinese girls since 2007
Maral squaare2 (cropped).jpg Maral Yazarloo-Pattrick  Iran Fashion designer and motorcyclist
Tashi Zangmo Bhutan Bhutan Executive director for the Bhutan Nuns Foundation
Jing Zhao  People's Republic of China Entrepreneur running online sex education network


In 2017 the women on the list will be part of the 100 Women Challenge, tackling some of the biggest problems facing women around the world. Coming together in four teams, the women will share their experiences and create innovative ways to tackle:[28]

  • The glass ceiling (#Teamlead)
  • Female illiteracy (#Teamread)
  • Street harassment (#Teamgo)
  • Sexism in sport (#Teamplay)

Glass ceiling team[edit]

Image Name Country of birth Description[27]
Agnes Atim Apea  Uganda Founder and CEO of Hope Co-ops
Acuddy.jpg Amy Cuddy  United States Harvard social psychologist and bestselling author
Elaine Welteroth on Ashley Graham.jpg Elaine Welteroth  United States Editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue
Erin Akinci  United States Data scientist
Jin Xing at WEForum (sq cropped).jpg Jin Xing  People's Republic of China Dancer, television star and business owner
Karlie Noon[29]  Australia Astronomer
Lea Coligado  United States Software engineer
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie  United States Executive Director of the Clayman Institute, Stanford University
Loujain Alhathloul.jpg Loujain Alhathloul  Saudi Arabia Student
Mariana Feraru  Romania Cosmetician
Maci Peterson  United States Co-Founder and CEO, On Second Thought
Ruiz, Maria Teresa -FILSA 2015 10 29 fRF01.jpg María Teresa Ruiz  Chile Astronomer
Marilyn Loden  United States Author, management consultant and diversity advocate
Marina Potoker  Russia Managing director, Rockwool Russia
Melisa Marquez-Rodriguez Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Lead Android engineer for website builder, Weebly.com
Michelle Mone (Ultimo founder) 2013.jpg Michelle Mone  United Kingdom Entrepreneur
Muhabbat Sharapova  Uzbekistan Maths teacher
Nana Akua Oppong Birmeh  Ghana Architect
Natalia Margolis  United States Software Engineer at Huge agency
Romina Bernardo (aka Chocolate Remix)  Argentina Musician
Roya Ramezani  Iran Design strategist
Rumman Chowdhury  United States Senior Principal at Accenture AI
Sasha Perigo  United States Student
Savita Devi  India Drummer
Susi Pudjiastuti.jpg Susi Pudjiastuti  Indonesia Politician and entrepreneur
Suzanne Doyle-Morris  Australia Author and expert on gender in the workplace

Women illiteracy team[edit]

Image Name Country of birth Description[27]
Aditi Avasthi  India Entrepreneur; Founder and CEO, Embibe
Huynh Thi Xam  Vietnam Librarian
Indira Ranamagar.jpg Indira Rana Magar    Nepal Founder, Prisoner's Assistance Nepal
Ira Trivedi at IITD (cropped).jpg Ira Trivedi  India Writer
Maggie MacDonnell  Canada Teacher
Marieme Jamme  Senegal Founder of iamtheCODE
Mehroonisa Siddiqui  India Homemaker
Portrait Michelle Bachelet.jpg Michelle Bachelet  Chile President of Chile
Nitya Thummalachetty  India Director of Diversity, FortunaPIX
Peggy Whitson.jpg Peggy Whitson  United States Astronaut
Priyanka Roy  India Student
Sakena Yaccobi with Muhammad Yunus.jpg Sakena Yacoobi  Afghanistan CEO of Afghan Institute for Learning and social entrepreneur with four private schools and one radio station.
Tulika Kiran  India Teacher and social worker
Urvashi Sahni  India Founder and CEO, Study Hall Educational Foundation
Zainab Fadhal Iraq Student
SWF 2008 photo.jpg Vicky Colbert  Colombia Sociologist of education
Muzoon Almellehan - Global Citizen Festival Hamburg 01.jpg Muzoon Almellehan  Syria Activist
Lin Nien-Tzu  Taiwan Founder, Dharti Mata Sustainable Workshop
Frances Melanie Hardinge  United Kingdom Author
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  Nigeria Economist
Ahlam al-Rashid  Syria Teacher and Head of the Women Empowerment Centre, northern Syria
Regina Honu.jpg Regina Honu  Ghana Social entrepreneur
Angeline Murimirwa  Zimbabwe Regional executive director, Camfed Southern & Eastern Africa
Bella Devyatkina  Russia Polyglot
Tran Thi Kim Thia  Vietnam Lottery ticket vendor and swimming coach

Street harassment team[edit]

Image Name Country of birth Description[27]
Adelle Onyango  Kenya Radio presenter
Anita Nderu  Kenya Television presenter and radio news anchor
Flatt Imefidon Murphy (cropped).jpg Anne-Marie Imafidon  United Kingdom CEO & 'Head Stemette' at Stemettes
Chaima Lahsini  Morocco Journalist
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf February 2015.jpg Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia Liberia President of Liberia
Ellie Cosgrave  United Kingdom Lecturer in Urban Innovation and Policy at UCL
Laura Jordan Bambach  Australia Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Mr President and Co-Founder, SheSays
Liz Kelly  United Kingdom Professor of Sexualised Violence
Maria Scorodinschi Moldova Moldova Campaigner against domestic violence
Naomi Mwaura  Kenya Founder, Flone Initiative and Communications Associate at ITDP Africa
Resham Khan  United Kingdom Student
Rupi Kaur, 2017 (cropped).jpg Rupi Kaur  India Author
Talent Jumo  Zimbabwe Founder and Director, Katswe Sistahood
Tiwa Savage's studio portrait.jpg Tiwa Savage  Nigeria Singer-songwriter
Virali Modi portrait (cropped).jpg Virali Modi  India Disability rights activist and youth ambassador
Leila Smith  France Artist
Sharon Sabita Beepath  Trinidad and Tobago Counsellor, Stand Against Abuse advocate
Amanda Nunez-Ferreira  United States Student
Somporn Khempetch  Thailand Social worker and teacher[30]
A women with curly red hair stands in front of a pink brick wall.
Tamara De Anda  Mexico Journalist
Doris Muthoni Wanjira  Kenya Conductor
Hanne Bingle  Denmark Retired London Underground driver
Nihal Saad Zaghloul  Egypt Business development officer and co-founder of Bassma
Angie Ng  Malaysia Founder of SlutWalk Hong Kong
Asena Melisa Saglam  Turkey Student

Sexism in sport team[edit]

Image Name Country of birth Description[27]
Adriana behar.jpg Adriana Behar  Brazil General Manager of Sport Planning for the Brazilian Olympic Committee since 2011
Ana Luiza Santos de Andrade  Brazil Student
Beatriz Vaz E Silva  Brazil Athlete
Claudianny Drika  Brazil Football coach
Fernanda Nunes  Brazil Olympic canoeist and blogger
Grace Larsen  United States Retired civil servant
Luiza Travassos  Brazil Student
Maira Liguori  Brazil NGO director
MC Soffia  Brazil Rapper
Mithali Raj Truro 2012.jpg Mithali Raj  India Cricketer
Momina Mustehsan at New Islamabad Airport.jpg Momina Mustehsan  Pakistan Musician
Nadia Comăneci Montreal1976c.jpg Nadia Comaneci  Romania
 United States
Nawaal Akram  Qatar Model, comedian and founder of Muscular Dystrophy Qatar
Nora Tausz Ronai  Italy Architect and teacher
Arsenal LFC v Kelly Smith All-Stars XI (189) (cropped).jpg Steph Houghton  United Kingdom Footballer
Jayanthi Kuru Utumpala waving the Sri Lankan flag on the summit of Mount Everest on 21st May 2016.jpg Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala  Sri Lanka Women's rights activist and mountaineer
Cwengekile Nikiwe Myeni  South Africa Gogo (granny) support programme manager
Helena Pacheco  Brazil Businesswoman and former football coach
Rocky Hehakaija  Netherlands Director Favela Street Foundation and motivational speaker and coach
Lina Khalifeh  Jordan Martial arts expert
Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Dung  Vietnam Footballer
Derartu Tulu  Ethiopia Long-distance runner
Shantona Rani Roy  Bangladesh Activist
Hou Yifan (29762728494).jpg Hou Yifan  People's Republic of China Chess player


The 2016 theme was Defiance.[16] Part of the 100 Women festival took place in Mexico City on this year.[31] The main event took place at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, where artists like Julieta Venegas, Ángela Aguilar, Ali Gua Gua, Elis Paprika, Sofía Niño de Rivera, Ximena Sariñana, and Alexis De Anda performed live. The event also features debates with journalists Carmen Aristegui, and Denise Dresser, among others.[32] The 2016 list was published in alphabetical order.[33]

Image Name Nationality Description
AliciaKeys2013.jpg Alicia Keys  United States Singer, songwriter, pianist, actress, record producer and philanthropist
Aline Mukovi Neema  Republic of the Congo Student activist for political change
Amna Suleiman  Palestine Protester against custom that stops women cycling
Amy Roko  Saudi Arabia Comedian who became known via Instagram and Vine
Asel Sadyrova  Kyrgyzstan Archer
Ashwaq Moharram  Yemen Doctor dealing with starvation in Hudaydah
Babs Forman  United Kingdom London based make-up artist who covers up skin problems
Becci Wain  United Kingdom Former self-harmer who challenged supermarket policy
Aristegui.jpg Carmen Aristegui  Mexico journalist
Carolina de Oliveira  Lebanon
Mental health activist
Cat Hulbert  United States Professional gambler
Chan Yuen Ting.JPG Chan Yuen-ting  Hong Kong football manager[34]
Chanira Bajracharya    Nepal Former "living goddess" or Kumari
Churan Zheng  People's Republic of China Women's rights activist arrested for planning protest against sexual harassment on public transportation
Cindy Meston  Canada Clinical psychology professor
Conchi Rios.png Conchi Reyes Rios  Spain Bullfighter
Corinne MAIER.jpg Corinne Maier  France French writer
Dalia Sabri  Jordan Blind music teacher
Denise Ho Dear Friend Concert 2016 1.jpg Denise Ho  Canada
 Hong Kong
Pop icon[34]
Doaa ElAdl.jpg Doaa el-Adl  Egypt Cartoonist of cat whose stories reflect the news
Dwi Handa  Indonesia Fashion star
Egge Kande  Senegal Community leader who advises young girls about education
Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya  Eswatini First woman to become a bishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Gold award winner .jpg Erin McKenney  United States Science award winner
Erin Sweeny  Australia rape psychologist
Evelyn Miralles at NASA.jpg Evelyn Miralles  Venezuela NASA engineer
Funke Bucknor-Obruthe[35]  Nigeria Planner of glitzy and celebrity weddings
Gcina Mhlope 5.jpg Gcina Mhlope[36]  South Africa Author, poet, playwright and storyteller
Gouri Chindarkar  India Computer engineering student of the "School in the Cloud"
Heather Rabbatts  Jamaica Chief Executive of the London Borough of Lambeth
Festival des Vieilles Charrues 2014 - Christine and the Queens - 016.jpg Heloise Letissier  France French singer and songwriter known by her stage name Christine and the Queens
Ieshia Evans  United States Black protester
Isabella Springmuhl Tejada  Guatemala Fashion designer
Iskra Lawrence  United Kingdom Model
Jamilah Lemieux at Brooklyn Museum 2015.png Jamilah Lemieux  United States Cultural commentator
Jane Elliott  United States Anti-racism activist
Janet O'Sullivan.jpg Janet Ní Shuilleabháin  Ireland Abortion rights campaigner
Jeanette Winterson 02.JPG Jeanette Winterson  United Kingdom novelist
Judi Aubel.jpg Judi Aubel  United States Social entrepreneur
June Nwando Eric-Udorie at Girl Summit 2014 (14538262739) (cropped).jpg June Eric-Udorie  United Kingdom Student activist
Karima Baloch.png Karima Baloch  Pakistan
(Flag of Balochistan.svg Balochistan)
Balochistan independence campaigner; died under suspicious circumstances in 2020
Kartika Jahja headshot.png Kartika Jahja  Indonesia gender-equality singer
Katherine Johnson in 2008.jpg Katherine Johnson  United States Space scientist who was a mathematician for NASA
Kathy Murray  United States "surrendered wife"
Khadija Ismayilova.jpg Khadija Ismayilova  Azerbaijan Journalist
Lhakpa Sherpa    Nepal Mountaineer who has climbed Everest seven times.
Lilane Landor of BBC.png Liliane Landor  Lebanon BBC journalist
Liv Little  United Kingdom Magazine editor
Lois Strong  United States Cheerleader
Lubna Tahtamouni  Jordan Science campaigner
Lucy Finch  Malawi hospice founder (only one in Malawi)
Mallika Srinivasan - Chairman and CEO TAFE.jpg Mallika Srinivasan  India tractor manufacturer
Mao Kobayashi  Japan Cancer blogger
Mariana Costa 17 Nov 2016.png Mariana Costa Checa  Peru Businesswoman
2017 Marnie Levine (cropped).jpg Marne Levine  United States COO of Instagram
Marta Sánchez Soler  Mexico Sociologist
Marta Vieira da Silva 2013.jpg Marta Vieira da Silva  Brazil Footballer
'Mary'  Kenya Survivor of al-Shabab rape
Mary Akrami.png Mary Akrami  Afghanistan Refuge founder
Megan Beveridge  United Kingdom
First female "lone piper" at the Edinburgh Tattoo
Mercedes Doretti  Argentina Forensic anthropologist who investigates crimes against humanity
Morena Herrera  El Salvador Abortion activist
Nadia Khiari  Tunisia Cartoonist of 'Willis from Tunis', whose adventures are about the news
Nadiya Hussain  United Kingdom Winner of reality show "Bake Off" – went on to television jobs
Naema Ahmed.jpg Naema Ahmed  Pakistan Start-up manager
Nagira Sabashova  Kyrgyzstan Wrestler
Natalia Ponce de León interview.png Natalia Ponce de Leon  Colombia Acid attack victim
Nay el-Rahi  Lebanon Harassment tracker
Neha Singh  India Campaigner who encourages women to ignore harassment and reclaim the public space
Omotade Alalade  Nigeria Infertility foundation creator
Ou Xiaobai  People's Republic of China App developer which links gay and lesbian people for marriages of convenience
Pashtun Rahmat  Afghanistan Police officer
Paula Hawkins Göteborg Book Fair 2015.jpg Paula Hawkins  Zimbabwe Thriller writer of "Girl on the Train"
Prathiba Parmar  Kenya British film maker
Festival automobile international 2016 - Photocall - 043 (cropped).jpg Rachida Dati  France Politician
Rakeft Russak-Aminoach Rakefet Russak-Aminoach  Israel Banker
Rebeccawalker.jpg Rebecca Walker  United States Writer and activist
Reham el-Hour  Morocco Cartoonist who became professional after winning a UNESCO competition in 2000
Renee Rabinowitz  Belgium Lawyer who sued the El Al airline when she was asked to move as the man next to her objected to sitting by a female passenger
Saalumarada Thimmakkaj.jpg Saalumarada Thimmakka  India 105-year-old environmentalist who has managed trees
SeyhanArman.jpg Seyhan Arman  Turkey Transgender activist
SherinKhankan-2011.jpg Sherin Khankan  Denmark Imam
Shirin Gerami  Iran First woman triathlete in Iran
Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera.jpg Shriti Vadera  Uganda Banker who served as UK minister
Sian Williams Rugby.jpg Sian Williams  United Kingdom
Wales Wales
Rugby player
Simone Biles at the 2016 Olympics all-around gold medal podium (28262782114).jpg Simone Biles  United States Olympic gymnast
Stephanie harvey crop.jpg Stephanie Harvey  Canada Professional e-gamer "missharvey"
Mia Yim at Smash Canusa.jpg Stephanie Yim Bell  United States Korean-American professional wrestler, then known as Jade
Sunny Leone snapped post shoot at Mehboob Studio 2.jpg Sunny Leone  Canada Actress
Traci Houpapa MNZM (cropped).jpg Traci Houpapa  New Zealand Company director
Um-Yehia  Syria Nurse
Viktoria Modesta Altered Beauty2016 01.png Viktoria Modesta  Latvia Iconic pop artist
Winnie Harlow 2015.jpg Winnie Harlow  Canada Model
Yasmine Mustafa  Kuwait Entrepreneur
Yuliya Rusanova Istanbul 2012.jpg Yuliya Stepanova  Russia Whistle-blowing athlete
Zoleka Mandela 2.jpg Zoleka Mandela  South Africa Writer – survivor of addictions, sexual abuse and cancer. Grand daughter of Nelson Mandela.
Zulaikha Patel  South Africa Thirteen year-old who took stand for young girls with natural hair
Tess Asplund  Sweden Anti-fascism activist caught in iconic photo resisting fascists
Thuli Madonsela[36]  South Africa Advocate who combats corruption
Maria Zakharova 2017 (2).jpg Maria Zakharova  Russia Foreign ministry spokeswoman


The BBC News 100 Women list in 2015 was made up of many notable international names,[37] as well as women who were unknown, but who represented issues women face. The women of 2015, were from 51 countries and were not necessarily those who would traditionally have been seen as role models—a woman suffering from depression, a woman who advocates for equal access to bathroom facilities, a woman who encourages other women to avoid make-up, and a reindeer nomad.[38]

Image Name Country Occupation
Nicola Adams boxing at London 2012.jpg Nicola Adams  United Kingdom boxer
Muzoon Almellehan 2016.jpg Muzzon al-Mellehan  Syria Activist
Siba Alaradi  Syria Structural engineer
Antonia Albert  Austria Entrepreneur
Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh.jpeg Sonita Alizadeh[39]  Afghanistan Rapper
Victoria Alonsoperez 2013 (cropped).png Victoria Alonsoperez  Uruguay Entrepreneur
Niloufar Ardalan  Iran Footballer
Paulina Arreola  Mexico Entrepreneur
Masoumeh Ataei  Iran Acid attack survivor
Xyza Cruz Bacani -Professional Photographer-.jpg Xyza Bacani  Philippines Photographer
Alimata Bara  Burkina Faso Trader
Sana Ben Ashour  Tunisia Civil society activist
Nicky Benedetti.jpg Nicola Benedetti  United Kingdom Musician
Meryl Benitah  France Entrepreneur
Fatou Bensouda.jpg Fatou Bensouda  Gambia International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor
Ashaji.jpg Asha Bhosle[17]  India Singer
Cecilia Bouzat.jpg Cecilia Bouzat  Argentina Biophysicist
Bobbi Brown at 2009 Heart Truth fashion show.jpg Bobbi Brown  United States Make-up artist and entrepreneur
Naomi Bya’Ombe  Republic of the Congo Student
Rivka Carmi 301108 087.jpg Rivka Carmi  Israel Geneticist
Massiel Chávez  Venezuela Student
Eveles Chimala  Malawi Midwife
Estela de Carlotto 17 Bienal Rio de Janeiro 1.jpg Estela de Carlotto  Argentina Human rights activist
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma 2014.png Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma  South Africa Physician and chair of the African Union Commission
Isabel dos Santos em dezembro de 2017.png Isabel dos Santos  Angola Investor
Leimin Duong  Australia Beer entrepreneur
Ernestina Edem Appiah  Ghana Social entrepreneur, founder Ghana Code Club
Aissa Edon  France
Jana Elhassan  Lebanon Novelist
Nawal El Saadawi 02.JPG Nawal el-Sadaawi  Egypt Writer
Paula Escobar (cropped).jpg Paula Escobar  Chile Magazine editor
Monir Farmanfarmaian  Iran Artist
Claire Fox of Moral Maze (cropped).png Claire Fox  United Kingdom Writer and broadcaster
Elissa Freiha  United Arab Emirates
Uta Frith.jpg Uta Frith  Germany Psychologist
Melanie Goldsmith  United Kingdom Entrepreneur
Alina Gracheva  Moldova Camerawoman
Megan Grano  United States Comedian
Alice Gray  United Kingdom Science blogger
Sara Jane Ho, AD magazine Dec 2014 issue.jpg Sara Jane Ho  Hong Kong Entrepreneur
Michaela Hollywood  United Kingdom Fundraiser for the disabled
Ella Ingram (activist)[39]  Australia Activist for mental illness anti-discrimination
Ayesha Ishtiaq  Pakistan Student
Somayya Jabarti  Saudi Arabia Newspaper editor
Azza Jadalla  Palestine Nurse
Misraa Jimaa  Ethiopia Health extension worker
Samantha John programmer 03.png Samantha John  United States Entrepreneur of Hopscotch company
Kamini Kaushal.jpg Kamini Kaushal[17]  India Bollywood actress
Tahmina Kohistani  Afghanistan Olympic sprinter
Rimppi Kumari[17]  India Farmer
Linda Kwamboka 02.png Linda Kwamboka  Kenya Entrepreneur
Tina Lavender  United Kingdom Midwife
Zihan Ling  People's Republic of China Entrepreneur
Zimasa Mabela  South Africa Naval captain
Emi Mahmoud Islamic Poet.jpg Emi Mahmoud  Sudan
 United States
Catherine Mahugu IT person.jpg Catherine Mahugu  Kenya Jewelry entrepreneur
Amara Majeed  United States Hijab activist and author
Nemata Majeks-Walker  Sierra Leone Women's rights activist
Katrine Kielos 2.jpg Katrine Marcal  Sweden Writer and journalist
Karabo Mathang  South Africa Entrepreneur
Muniba Mazari  Pakistan Artist and anchorwoman
Jessy McCabe  United Kingdom Student
Sania Mirza (28418631362).jpg Sania Mirza[39]  India Tennis player
Brit Morin CEO.jpg Brit Morin  United States Entrepreneur
Smriti Nagpal[17]  India Entrepreneur
Pauline Ng  Singapore Entrepreneur
Delaney Osborne  United States Student
Bel Pesce - Gus Oenning.jpg Bel Pesce  Brazil Entrepreneur
Verashni Pillay  South Africa Newspaper editor
Irina Polyakova  Russia Paralympian
Elsa Prieto  France
Cristina Randall  Canada Entrepreneur
Claire Reid  South Africa Entrepreneur
Jenni Rhodes  United Kingdom Textile designer
Nikita Ridgeway  Australia Entrepreneur
Neyda Rojas  Venezuela Nun
Lubov Russkina  Russia Reindeer nomad
Rabia Salihu Said  Nigeria Physicist
Amina Sboui  Tunisia Writer and women's rights activist
Lorrana Scarpioni  Brazil Entrepreneur
Louise Schwartz (showgirl)  Jamaica Showgirl and cabaret performer
PatriciaScotland2a.jpg Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal  United Kingdom Trade envoy
Mumtaz Shaikh[17]  India Human rights activist
Nareen Shammo en la XII Edición de los Premios Internacionales Yo Dona 01.jpg Nareen Shammo  Iraq Political activist and journalist
Rasha Shehada  Palestine Manufacturing director
Zuzanna Stańska  Poland Entrepreneur
Michelle Sun  Hong Kong Entrepreneur
Hilary Swank at 28th Tokyo International Film Festival.jpg Hilary Swank[39]  United States Actress
Julie Sygiel  United States Entrepreneur
Rotana Tarabzouni  Saudi Arabia Singer/songwriter
Kanika Tekriwal[17][40]  India Entrepreneur
Lizanne Teo  Singapore Entrepreneur
Jana Tepe Jobsharing 2.3.png Jana Tepe  Germany Entrepreneur
Li Tingting  People's Republic of China Human rights activist
Sophie Walker crop.jpg Sophie Walker  United Kingdom Leader of the Women's Equality Party
AlekWek.jpg Alek Wek  United Kingdom
 South Sudan
Fashion model/UN ambassador
Xian Xu (entrepreneur)  People's Republic of China Entrepreneur
Tin Tin Yu (teacher)  Myanmar Teacher
Marie-Ange Zimndou Koutou  Central African Republic Nurse's aide in a war zone
Nour (refugee)  Syria Refugee


The BBC News 100 Women list in 2014 continued the efforts of the first year's initiative.[41]

Image Name Country Occupation
SDr Yasmin Altwaijri  Saudi Arabia Mental health and obesity scientist
Conchita Wurst, ESC2014 Meet & Greet 08 (crop).jpg Conchita Wurst  Austria Singer
Laura Bates 2014 (cropped).jpg Laura Bates  United Kingdom Founder, Everyday Sexism project
Pinky Lilani  United Kingdom Founder, Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Ruby Chakravarti  India Women's rights campaigner
Susie Orbach Crop (5).jpg Susie Orbach  United Kingdom Psychotherapist
Pontso Mafethe  Zimbabwe Women's programme manager, Comic Relief@pontso_mafethe
Kate Shand  United Kingdom Managing director of Enjoy Education
Shappi Khorsandi 01.JPG Shappi Khorsandi  United Kingdom Comedian
Shazia Saleem  United Kingdom Founder ieat Foods
Wai Wai Nu.jpg Wai Wai Nu  Myanmar Director, Women Peace Net
Michaela Bergman  United Kingdom Chief Counsellor for Social Issues, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Paula Zapata - MinC Brasil - Colectiva de prensa (15).jpg Paula Moreno  Colombia Founder of peace foundation Manos Visibles
Rubana Huq at the 21st Year Celebration Ceremony of TechnoVista Limited.jpg Rubana Huq  Bangladesh Textile manufacturer
Lucy-Anne Holmes  United Kingdom Founder, No More Page Three campaign
Brianna Stubbs Aviron 2015 - World Championships - 59 (cropped).jpg Brianna Stubbs  United Kingdom Rower for Great Britain and Oxford PhD Scientist
Matilda Tristam  United Kingdom Comics writer
Nigar Nazar 1.jpg Nigar Nazar  Pakistan Cartoonist@NigarNazar
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy World Economic Forum 2013.jpg Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy  Pakistan Documentary film-maker
Uldus Bakhtiozina  Russia Photographer
Lesley Yellowlees  United Kingdom First female president, Royal Chemistry Society
Rebeca Gompers Lodz 2017 by Jarek Sawiuk. cropped.jpg Rebecca Gomperts  Netherlands Founder, Women on Waves
Katherine Brown  United Kingdom Academic, King's College London
Emily Kasyoka  Kenya Boxer, Kenya
Aowen Jin  United Kingdom Chinese-born British artist
Eliza Rebeiro  United Kingdom Founder of Lives not Knives
Muge Iplikci  Turkey Journalist
Natumanya Sarah  Uganda Educator
Linda Tirado  United States Campaigner
Alice Hagan  United Kingdom Technician at healthcare company BTG
May Tha Hla  Myanmar Food aid social worker
Rainatou Sow.png Rainatou Sow  Guinea Founder of Make Every Woman Count
Justa Canaviri[42]  Bolivia Celebrity chef, Bolivia
Heather Jackson  United Kingdom Women's business campaigner
Ruby-Wax-2016 (cropped).jpg Ruby Wax  United States Mental health campaigner and comic
Umm Ahmed  Iraq Sole provider for her family
9.21.14XiaoluGuoByLuigiNovi1.jpg Xiaolu Guo  People's Republic of China Novelist and film-maker
Hind Hobeika  Lebanon Founder of Instabeat
Molly Case  United Kingdom Student nurse and Women of the Future Ambassador
President of Malawi Joyce Banda (8985928177).jpg Joyce Banda  Malawi Former President of Malawi
Saadia Zahidi.jpg Saadia Zahidi  Pakistan Managing Director at the World Economic Forum
Aditi Mittal  India Stand-up comedian
Jess Butcher  United Kingdom Co-founder of Blippar
Farah Mohamed  United States Girls 20 summit founder
Katy Tuncer  United Kingdom Founder, Ready Steady Mums
Smruti Sriram  United Kingdom Founder, Wings of Hope & Achievement Awards
Darshan Karki    Nepal Opinion-piece editor at Kathmandu Post daily, blogger
Brooke Magnanti 4.jpg Brooke Magnanti  United States
 United Kingdom
Anthropologist, author, former sex worker
Chipo Chung  Zimbabwe
 People's Republic of China
Actor and activist
Pinar Ogunc  Iraq Journalist writing about women's issues and the Kurdish political movement
Sabina Kurgunayeva  Azerbaijan Footballer who also runs her own bicycle rental business
Kate Wilson  United Kingdom Founder of independent children's book publisher in UK
Betty Lalam  Uganda Director of women's community organisation
Arabella Dorman  United Kingdom War artist
Andy Kawa  South Africa Businesswoman and social entrepreneur
Bahia.png Bahia Shehab  Lebanon
Artist, designer and art historian
Divya Sharma  India Science student
Launch of IYA 2009, Paris - Grygar, Bell Burnell cropped.jpg Jocelyn Bell Burnell  United Kingdom Scientist who discovered Pulsars
Eleni Antoniadou. 06 19.jpg Eleni Antoniadou  Greece Co-Founder Transplants Without Donors
Shelina Zahra Janmohamed  United Kingdom Blogger, columnist and author
Salinee Tavaranan.jpg Salinee Tavaranan  Thailand Engineer and social entrepreneur
Hatoon Kadi  Saudi Arabia Comedian
Brie Rogers Lowery smile at ODI.png Brie Rogers Lowery  United Kingdom Director of Change.org
Balvinder Saund  United Kingdom Chair of Women's Sikh Alliance
Cora Sherlock  Ireland Pro-life campaigner and blogger
Dr. Murabit.jpg Alaa Murabit  Canada
Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women
Bushra El-Turk  United Kingdom
Composer for London Symphony Orchestra
Kim Winser  United Kingdom Founder, Winser London
Arzu Geybullayeva.jpg Arzu Geybullayeva  Azerbaijan blogger
Judith Webb  United Kingdom First female commander of an all-male British Army squadron@sjbwebb
Sarah Hesterman  Qatar Equal rights campaigner
Sana Saleem  Pakistan Pakistani campaigner against Internet censorship
Asma Mansour 2.jpg Asma Mansour  Tunisia Co-founder of Tunisian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Diana Nammi.jpg Diana Nammi  United Kingdom Kurdish women's rights campaigner against "honour" killing
Funmi Iyanda  Nigeria Talk show host, journalist, activist
Karen Masters, astronomer, December 2017.jpg Karen Masters  United Kingdom Scientist at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
Khuloud Saba  Syria Researcher and public health worker
Yolanda Wang Yixuan  People's Republic of China Women's rights campaigner
Ayesha Mustafa  United Kingdom Founder and director of FashionComPassion.co.uk
Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, 2009 World Economic Forum on Africa.jpg Obiageli Ezekwesili  Nigeria Former World Bank Vice President for Africa and Former Minister for Education
Tehmina Kazi  United Kingdom Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy
Sophi Tranchell  United Kingdom Head of Divine Chocolate
Boghuma Kabisen Titanji  Cameroon Virologist and campaigner for ethical medical research
Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah  Indonesia Women's movement leader
Anjali Ramachandran  United Kingdom Head of Innovation at PHD
Yas Necati  United Kingdom Campaigner for better sex education
Yeonmi Park - Atlas Network Liberty Forum.jpg Yeonmi Park  South Korea Activist raising awareness of the plight of her people in North Korea
Irene Li  Hong Kong Citizen journalist who took part in and documented protests
Sandee Pyne  Myanmar Chief executive of Community Partner's International, focused on aid
Temiegiwa.jpg Temie Giwa  Nigeria
 United States
Founder of the One Percent Project, facilitating blood donation
Kavita Krishnan 02.jpg Kavita Krishnan  India Secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association
Sarah Khan  Pakistan Filmmaker and campaigner
Nicky Moffat  United Kingdom Highest Ranked woman in British Armed Forces
Alice Powell Oulton Park 2009 (1).JPG Alice Powell  United Kingdom Racing driver and first female to win a Formula Renault Championship
Misty Haith  United Kingdom Research Engineer at Imperial College London
Sally Sabry  Egypt Businesswoman
Kate Smurthwaite  United Kingdom Comedian and activist
Susana Lopez  Mexico Virologist specialising in rotavirus
Jaya Luintel    Nepal Journalist and women's rights advocate
Nicola Sturgeon.jpg Nicola Sturgeon  United Kingdom
First Minister of Scotland


The 2013 event was a month-long BBC series that took place in October.[9] The series examined the role of women in the 21st century and culminated in an event held at BBC Broadcasting House in London, United Kingdom on 25 October 2013 involving a hundred women from around the world, all of whom came from different walks of life.[9] The day featured debate and discussion on radio, television and online, in which the participants were asked to give their opinions about the issues facing women.[1]

The event held on 25 October 2013 featured 100 women from all walks of life.[43]

Image Name Occupation
Salwa Abu Libdeh Palestinian television journalist
Madawi Al-Rasheed Saudi academic and gender expert
Nadia Al-Sakkaf Editor, Yemen Times
Sreymom Ang Cambodian fashion designer
Anna Span at cambridge debate.png Anna Arrowsmith English porn film director
Joyce Aoko Aruga Student teacher in Kenya
Moe Thuzar Aung Myanmar state broadcast
Rehana Azib London-based barrister
Firuza Aliyeva Associate Director, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy
Zainab Bangura giving a radio interview in Kinshasa (8654821769).jpg Zainab Hawa Bangura UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict
Michaela Bergman Chief Counsellor for Social Issues, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Claire Bertschinger Anglo-Swiss nurse whose work inspired Live Aid
Íngrid-Betancourt-mspac2.jpg Ingrid Betancourt French-Colombian former politician and FARC hostage
Cherie Blair in Trento.jpg Cherie Blair British barrister and philanthropist
Emma Bonino - World Economic Forum on Europe 2010.jpg Emma Bonino Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy
Yvonne Brewster Stage director, teacher and writer
Gurinder Chadha 2013.jpg Gurinder Chadha British-Asian film director
Nervana Mahmoud Egyptian blogger and commentator
Irina Chakraborty.jpg Irina Chakraborty Russian-Finnish-Indian engineer
Shadi Sadr.jpg Shadi Sadr Iranian lawyer and human rights defender
Chipo Chung Chinese-Zimbabwean actor and activist
Helen Clark UNDP 2010.jpg Helen Clark Head of UN Development Programme, former New Zealand Prime Minister
Diane Coyle at work with Apple laptop-9Oct2009.jpg Diane Coyle Economist, writer and blogger
Shouting Back Conway Hall.png Caroline Criado Perez British journalist and feminist campaigner
Jody Day founder of Gateway Women, a network for childless women
Es Devlin at FutureFest in 2016 portrait.png Es Devlin British theatre designer
Klara Dobrev 2008.jpg Klara Dobrev Hungarian lawyer and economist
Efua Dorkenoo.jpg Efua Dorkenoo Ghanaian Senior Advisor to Equality Now and campaigner against female genital mutilation
Sigridur Maria Egilsdottir Iceland's champion debater
Marwa El-Daly Egyptian grassroots activists, founder of the Waqfeyat Foundation
Bushra El-Turk British-Lebanese composer
Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, 2009 World Economic Forum on Africa.jpg Obiageli Ezekwesili Senior adviser, Open Society Foundations
Caroline Farrow Catholic writer, blogger and pro-life activist
Anne Stella Fomumbod Women's rights activist, Cameroon
Teresa Forcades2.jpg Teresa Forcades Radical Spanish nun
Razan Ghazzawi in Beirut - 20080824.jpg Razan Ghazzawi Syrian blogger and activist
Rebeca Gompers Lodz 2017 by Jarek Sawiuk. cropped.jpg Rebecca Gomperts Dutch doctor, head of Women on Waves
Tanni Grey-Thompson.jpg Tanni Grey-Thompson Winner of 11 Paralympic Games gold medals
Parveen Hassan Conservative women's organiser, UK
Barbara Hewson Senior barrister, UK
Anis Hidayah Indonesian activist working on migrant worker rights
Deborah Hopkins British mother and political activist
Keith Palmer's funeral (002) (cropped, Rose Hudson-Wilkin).jpg Rose Hudson-Wilkin Jamaican born British priest
Bettany Hughes.BH.jpg Bettany Hughes Historian, author, broadcaster
Rubana Huq at the 21st Year Celebration Ceremony of TechnoVista Limited.jpg Rubana Huq Bangladeshi textile manufacturer
Leyla Hussein.jpg Leyla Hussein Co-founder, Daughters of Eve, anti-violence campaigner
Heather Jackson (CEO) CEO of An Inspirational Journey and Founder of The Women's Business Forum
Shelina Zahra Janmohamed Blogger, columnist and author
Laura Janner-Klausner interfaith 2015.jpg Laura Janner-Klausner Movement rabbi, specializing in Reform Judaism
Aowen Jin Chinese contemporary artist
Andy Kawa South African businesswoman, anti-violence campaigner
Tehmina Kazi Director, British Muslims for a Secular Democracy
Jude Kelly Keynote- Zero Tolerance.jpg Jude Kelly Artistic Director, Southbank Centre
Fereshteh Khosroujerdy Visually impaired Iranian singer
Azadeh Kian Iranian academic and genderspecialist
Kanya King CEO and founder, Mobo
Fawzia Koofi MP, Afghanistan - Chatham House 2012.jpg Fawzia Koofi MP and former Deputy Speaker, Afghan National Parliament
Дина Корзун.JPG Dina Korzun Russian actor and charity activist
Martha Lane Fox.jpg Martha Lane-Fox UK technology entrepreneur
Paris Lees at Pink Therapy.png Paris Lees Transgender broadcaster
Ann Leslie Journalist
Sian Lindley Researcher in social technology
Pontso Mafethe Programme manager, Comic Relief
Brooke Magnanti 4.jpg Brooke Magnanti US anthropologist, author, former sex worker
Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba addressing panellists crop.jpg Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba Deputy Secretary General, the Commonwealth
Shirley Meredeen Founding member, Growing Old Disgracefully
Samar Samir Mezghanni SQ Faces of the revolution at TED (cropped).png Samar Samir Mezghanni Record-breaking young Tunisian writer
ShaziaMirza01.jpg Shazia Mirza British comedian
Aditi Mittal Indian comedian
Rosmery Mollo Indigenous Bolivian activist
Orzala Ashraf Nemat Afghan scholar and civil society activist
Pauline Neville-Jones - minister for security and counter-terrorism.jpg Pauline Neville-Jones Former UK Security and Counter-Terrorism Minister
Susie Orbach Crop (5).jpg Susie Orbach Psychotherapist and author
Mirina Paananen Islamic researcher
Claudia Paz y Paz.jpg Claudia Paz y Paz Attorney General, Guatemala
Marianne Pearl.jpg Mariane Pearl French journalist, founder of Chime for Change
Laura Perrins Stay-at-home mother
Charlotte Raven British feminist and journalist
Gail Rebuck Chief executive, Random House UK
Justine Roberts Founder, Mumsnet
Sarah Rogers Voice of Women community radio, Sierra Leone
Fatima Said British-Egyptian pro-democracy advocate
Balvinder Saund Chair of Sikh Women's Alliance
Hayfestival-2016-Kamila-Shamsie.jpg Kamila Shamsie UK-based Pakistani writer
Divya Sharma Indian electronics and communications engineer
Bahia Shehab Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and art historian
Joanna Shields in 2014.jpg Joanna Shields Chair and CEO, Tech City Investment Organisation
Dame Stephanie Shirley - 2013.jpg Stephanie Shirley Businesswoman and philanthropist
Clare Short at the Energy Conference 2015 crop.jpg Clare Short British politician, former International Development Secretary
Jacqui Smith, September 2009 cropped.jpg Jacqui Smith Former UK Home Secretary
Kate Smurthwaite British stand-up comedian and activist
Rainatou Sow.png Rainatou Sow Guinean founder, Make Every Woman Count
Louise Stephenson Trainee counsellor, UK
May Tha Hla Founder, Helping The Burmese Delta
Natasha Walter British feminist writer and campaigner
Judith Webb First female commander of all-male British Army squadron
Saadia Zahidi 2014 (cropped).jpg Saadia Zahidi Head of Gender Parity and Human Capital, World Economic Forum
Dinara Zhorobekova Student, Kyrgyzstan
Gemma Godfrey Board director, broadcaster
Martina Navratilova (7490736068).jpg Martina Navratilova 18-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion

Other participants[edit]

Name Occupation
Sarah Walker Head of the English Collective of Prostitutes[1]
Cerrie Burnell Children's television presenter[1]
Selma James Writer and activist[1]

See also[edit]