BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list?

BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list?

One hundred of the most inspirational women across the world in 2016 have been named by the BBC. The BBC 100 Women season has returned, unveiling its chosen list of inspirational women for 2016. This year’s list marks the fourth year of the season, which seeks to better represent women in the BBC’s international news output.

The women are once again a mixture of female trailblazers – high-profile and influential women from all corners of the world, with more entrepreneurs, engineers, sportswomen, business women, fashion icons and artists than ever before. The list reveals a third of nominees aged 30 and below, as well as several inspiring women over the age of 80, many of whom campaign for their causes whilst striving for a better world for themselves and their families.

Some of this year’s high profile women include singer-songwriter Alicia Keys; US gold medal winning gymnast, Simone Biles; French politician Rachida Dati and Chairman of Santander UK Baroness Shriti Vadera.

Other well-known faces include baker, author and television presenter, Nadiya Hussain; Heloise Letissier, known by her stage name ‘Christine and the Queens’, and Winnie Harlow, one of the world’s most recognisable models.

“The list reveals a third of nominees aged 30 and below, as well as several inspiring women over the age of 80, many of whom campaign for their causes whilst striving for a better world for themselves and their families.”

Less well-known, but equally inspirational women include :

Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya, the first woman to be elected bishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

Saalumarada Thimmakka – at 105 she is the oldest on the list – an environmentalist in India who has planted more than 8,000 trees in 80 years.

Chanira Bajracharya, creator of support network to help Nepal’s former ‘Living Goddesses’ transition into ordinary life.

Stephanie Harvey, one of the world’s most successful female video gamers in the billion-dollar industry of e-sports.

Evelyn Miralles, leads a NASA team developing the VR programme for the Mars Mission.

Iskra Lawrence, plus size model who stars in unretouched photo campaigns and tours US universities to speak about body positivism.

Mallika Srinivasan, known as the ‘Tractor queen’ of India, she has grown her family company into the third largest tractor manufacturer in the world.

Nay el-Rahi, co-founder of HarassTracker.org, a website which tracks street harassment in Lebabon.

Shirin Gerami, Iran’s first ever female ‘Ironwoman’ triathlete, she competes in hijab, and has developed her own range of sportswear to inspire other Iranian women.

The season kicked off on Monday 21st November, starting three weeks of thought-provoking broadcast and online special reports, debates, programmes and journalism. You can get involved online at bbc.com/100women, on BBC World News TV, and on the 29 global languages services of BBC World Service Group, as well as network news.

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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