BBC Radio 4 have announced the seven women on their Power List for 2016, to celebrate the record-breaking show’s 70th birthday. The list pays homage to women who have made the biggest impact on women’s lives this year. The radio show publishes a Power List every year, although this year was the first where women who are either dead or not from the UK were considered for the honour. So check out the list below of the most influential and inspiring women of the last 70 years…
1) Margaret Thatcher
The first female British Prime Minister topped the list of inspiring women. Prime Minister from 1979 – 1990, Thatcher is often hailed as having made real change during her time in Parliament – not least for inspiring women to pursue a career in politics.
2) Helen Brook
In 1964, Brook set up the pioneering Brook Advisory Centres, which, for the first time, offered contraceptives and advice to young and unmarried women.
3) Barbara Castle
The pioneering Labour leader, in office from 1964 – 1965, she introduced the Equal Pay Act in 1970, which prohibited any slant in favour towards either men or women with regards to either pay or conditions of employment.
4) Germaine Greer
The Australian writer took fourth place on the list, for her literary contribution to the second-wave feminist movement.
5) Jayaben Desai
Jayaben was a prominent leader of the stikers in the 1976 Grunwick dispute in London, which aimed to achieve union recognition for the industrial Grunwick workers.
6) Bridget Jones
The fictional character, played by actress Renee Zellweger in the popular films, achieved cult status after Helen Fielding’s first book was released in 1996.
The US singer rounded up the impressive list for her contributions to music. Making her music industry debut with the group Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has since gone on to carve out a successful solo career.