They come from a variety of professions and backgrounds but over the next three days they have one common goal – to show the huge strides women are making across the world and make sure their achievements in all fields don’t go unnoticed by the mainstream media.
They are the BBC’s 100 most influential women 2014 – here are just 6 you need to know about…
1. Kim Winser – @kimwinser
A pioneer of the retail world. Kim turned around Aquascutum and Pringle before setting up her eponymous label, Winser London in 2013. Think designer luxe without the hefty price tag.
2. Pinky Lilani OBE
Pinky has long been flying the flag for Asian women’s achievements
through the various business awards she has established. She’s also a
successful entrepeneur in her own right thanks to her booming cooking
3. Alice Powell – @alicepowell
Alice learned to kart when she was just 6. At sixteen, she became the first female to win a Formula Renault championship as Britain’s first female racing driver.
4. Sophi Tranchell
An advocate for fair trade long before it became mainstream, Sophi picketed the British businesses who traded with all-white South Africa before apartheid. She now owns the hugely successful (and delicious!) Divine Chocolate.
5. Laura Bates – @everydaysexism
A sudden spate of sexist incidents prompted actor, Laura Bates to ask other women to post their own experiences online. The ‘Everyday Sexism’ project was born, and now Laura is considered the voice of new feminism.
6. Nicky Moffat CBE
Blazing a trail in the military, Brigadier Nicky Moffat was the highest ranked woman in the British Armed Forces until 2012. She’s now a leadership consultant and inspirational speaker.
What do you make of the 100 women list? Share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #100women.
Main pic courtesy of BBC