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100 Women is a BBC multi-format series established in 2013. The series examines the role of women in the 21st century and has included events in London[1] and Mexico.[2][3] After the list was unveiled,[clarification needed] it was the start of the "BBC's women season", lasting for three weeks, which included broadcast, online reports, debates and journalism on the topic of women.[4] Women from throughout 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]

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Inaugurated22 October 2013 (2013-10-22)
Most recentNovember 2018 (2018-11)
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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 programme 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 endeavor.[15] Women who are already famous are included, as well as people who are less known.[16][17]



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 who challenged the Iranian law that requires women to wear the Hijab.[18]

Image Name Country of Birth Description[19]
  Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin Nigeria Social impact entrepreneur, Nigeria
  Esra'a Al Shafei Bahrain? leads not-for-profit
Svetlana Alekseeva Russia? Burns survivor
  Lizt Alfonso Cuba Director and choreographer, Cuba
Nimco Ali Somaliland FGM activist in Somaliland
  Isabel Allende Peru writer
Boushra Yahya Almutawakel Yemen photographer
Alina Anisimova Kyrgyzstan student programmer at Kyrgyz Girls' Space School
  Frances Arnold USA Nobel Prize winning chemical engineer
Uma Devi Badi Nepal Leader of the Badi movement and member of the Provincial Assembly in Nepal
Judith Balcazar UK Fashion designer and co-founder of Giggle Knickers (underwear for women with urinary incontinence)
  Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista Peru Lawyer who works against domestic violence as the face of the NiUnaMenos (Not One [woman] Less)
Leyla Belyalova Uzbekistan Academic and ecologist, seeking to protect Uzbekistan’s birdlife and mountain ecosystems
Analia Bortz Argentina Doctor, rabbi and bioethicist treating women with fertility problems
  Fealofani Bruun Samoa Traditional Polynesian navigator and qualified yachtmaster
Raneen Bukhari Saudi Arabia Curator, gallery manager, and business developer
  Joy Buolamwini Canada Artificial intelligence artist and researcher
Barbara Burton UK Founder and CEO of BehindBras, a charity that supports women prison leavers
Tamara Cheremnova [d] Russia Author, living with cerebral palsy
  Chelsea Clinton USA writer and organiser
Stacey Cunningham USA NYSE President
Jenny Davidson (businesswoman) USA CEO of Stand Up Placer
  Asha de Vos Sri Lanka Marine biologist
  Gabriella Di Laccio Brazil Soprano and founder of DONNE: Women in Music
Xiomara Diaz Nicaragua Entrepreneur and charity founder
  Noma Dumezweni eSwatini eSwatini actor
Chidera Eggerue UK "The Slumflower" blogger
Shrouk El-Attar Egypt Electronics design engineer
Nicole Evans UK 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. (Gloria Tang Tsz-kei) China Singer-songwriter
  Fabiola Gianotti Italy Particle physicist and director general of CERN
  Julia Gillard Wales 27th Prime Minister of Australia
Elena Gorolova Czech Republic Social worker, campaigning against forced sterilisation
Randi Heesoo Griffin USA Olympic ice hockey player and data scientist, advocate for equal pay for women in ice hockey
Janet Harbick Canada Altruistic surrogate
Jessica Hayes USA Theology teacher and consecrated virgin
Thando Hopa South Africa Model, lawyer and diversity and inclusion advocate
  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 UK British actor who founded @i-weigh
Liz Johnson UK 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 TV presenter
Krishna Kumari Pakistan Women's rights campaigner elected to Pakistan Senate
Marie Laguerre France Civil engineer and architecture student, who has developed platfrom 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 Venezuela Political leader who has campaigned to safeguard democratic processes in Venezuela
  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 and activist
Lisa McGee UK Northern Irish playwright and the writer and creator of Derry Girls
Kirsty McGurrell UK Charity co-ordinator of 4Louis, providing memory boxes for bereaved parents of stillborn babies
Becki Meakin UK General manager of Shaping Our Lives, advocate for people with disabilities
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 Nigeria Deputy secretary general, United Nations
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
  Robin Morgan USA Author and activist, founder of The Sisterhood Is Global Institute and the Women's Media Center
Nujeen Mustafa Syria Campaigner on behalf of refugees with disabilities
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 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 our solar system
Olivette Otele Cameroon Professor of History at Bath Spa University, England
  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 Colombia Comedian and media personality
Viji Palithodi India Activist who founded a women's union in Kerala
Brigitte Sossou Perenyi Ghana Documentary producer
Vicky Phelan Ireland Exposed the Irish Cervical Check Screening scandal
Rahibi Soma Popere India Farmer and founder of Seed Bank, India collecting indigenous seeds
Valentina Quintero Venezuela Journalist promoting tourism and the environment through TV programs
Sam Ross UK Catering assistant and advocate for people with Down syndrome
  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 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 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 Sweden Campaigner for awareness of women's representation in film
Helen Taylor Thompson UK AIDs Hospice founder
Bola Tinubu Nigeria Lawyer who established the first free children's helpline in Nigeria
  Errollyn Wallen Belize Opera composer and performer
Safiya Wazir Afghanistan Community activist
  Gladys West USA Mathematician, instrumental in developing GPS
Luo Yang China Art photography series on Chinese girls since 2007
  Maral Yazarloo-Pattrick Iran Fashion designer and motorcyclist
Tashi Zangmo Bhutan Executive director for the Bhutan Nuns Foundation
Jing Zhao 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:

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

Glass ceiling teamEdit

Image Name Country of Birth Description[19]
  Amy Cuddy U.S. Harvard social psychologist and bestselling author
Erin Akinci U.S. Data scientist
Jin Xing China Dancer, TV star and business owner
Lea Coligado U.S. Software engineer
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie U.S. Executive Director of the Clayman Institute, Stanford University
Maci Peterson U.S. Co-Founder and CEO, On Second Thought
Mariana Feraru Romania Cosmetician
Marina Potoker Russia Managing Director, Rockwool Russia
  Michelle Mone UK Entrepreneur
Muhabbat Sharapova Uzbekistan Maths teacher
Natalia Margolis U.S. Software Engineer at Huge agency
Romina Bernardo (aka Chocolate Remix) Argentina Musician
Roya Ramezani Iran Design strategist
Rumman Chowdhury U.S. Senior Principal at Accenture AI
  Susi Pudjiastuti Indonesia Politician and entrepreneur
Savita Devi India Drummer
  Loujain Alhathloul Saudi Arabia Student
Elaine Welteroth American Editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue
Melisa Marquez-Rodriguez Puerto Rico Lead Android engineer for website builder,
Nana Akua Oppong Birmeh Ghana Architect
Sasha Perigo U.S. Student
  Maria Teresa Ruiz Chile Astronomer
Suzanne Doyle-Morris Australia Author and expert on gender in the workplace
Marilyn Loden U.S. Author, management consultant and diversity advocate
Agnes Atim Apea Uganda Founder and CEO of Hope Co-ops

Female illiteracy teamEdit

Image Name Country of Birth Description[19]
Aditi Avasthi India Entrepreneur; Founder and CEO, Embibe
Huynh Thi Xam Vietnam Librarian
  Indira Rana Magar Nepal Founder, Prisoner's Assistance Nepal
  Ira Trivedi India Writer
Maggie MacDonnell Canada Teacher
Marieme Jamme Senegal Founder of iamtheCODE
Mehroonisa Siddiqui India Homemaker
  Michelle Bachelet Chile President of Chile
Nitya Thummalachetty India Director of Diversity, FortunaPIX
  Peggy Whitson U.S. Astronaut
Priyanka Roy India Student
  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
  Vicky Colbert Colombia Sociologist of education
  Muzoon Almellehan Syria Activist
Lin Nien-Tzu Taiwan Founder, Dharti Mata Sustainable Workshop
Frances Melanie Hardinge UK Author
  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Nigeria Economist
Ahlam al-Rashid Syria Teacher and Head of the Women Empowerment Centre, northern Syria
  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 teamEdit

Image Name Country of Birth Description[19]
Adelle Onyango Kenya Radio Presenter
Anita Nderu Kenya TV presenter and radio news anchor
  Anne-Marie Imafidon UK CEO & 'Head Stemette' at Stemettes
Chaima Lahsini Morocco Journalist
  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia President of Liberia
Ellie Cosgrave UK 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 UK Professor of Sexualised Violence
Maria Scorodinschi Moldova Campaigner against domestic violence
Naomi Mwaura Kenya Founder, Flone Initiative and Communications Associate at ITDP Africa
Resham Khan UK Student
  Rupi Kaur India Author
Talent Jumo Zimbabwe Founder and Director, Katswe Sistahood
  Tiwa Savage Nigeria Singer-songwriter
  Virali Modi India Disability rights activist and youth ambassador
Leila Smith France Artist
Sharon Sabita Beepath UK Counsellor
Amanda Nunez-Ferreira U.S. Student
Somporn Khempetch Thailand Social worker and teacher[20]
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 Canada Founder of SlutWalk Hong Kong
Asena Melisa Saglam Turkey Student

Sexism in sport teamEdit

Image Name Country of Birth Description[19]
  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 U.S. Retired civil servant
Luiza Travassos Brazil Student
Maira Liguori Brazil NGO director
MC Soffia Brazil Rapper
  Mithali Raj India Cricketer
Momina Mustehsan Pakistan Musician
  Nadia Comaneci Romania Olympian
Nawaal Akram Qatar Model, comedian and founder of Muscular Dystrophy Qatar
Nora Tausz Ronai Italy Architect and teacher
  Steph Houghton UK Footballer
  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 The 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 China Chess player


The 2016 theme was Defiance.[16] Part of the 100 Women festival took place in Mexico City on this year.[21] The 2016 list was published in alphabetical order.[22]

Image Name Nationality Description
  Alicia Keys American Singer, songwriter, pianist, actress, record producer and philanthropist
Aline Mukovi Neema Congolese Student activist for political change
Amna Suleiman Palestinian Protester against custom that stops women cycling
Amy Roko Saudi Comedian who became known via Instagram and Vine
Asel Sadyrova Kyrgyz Archer
Ashwaq Moharram Yemeni Doctor dealing with starvation in Hudaydah
Babs Forman British London based make-up artist who covers up skin problems
Becci Wain British Former self-harmer who challenged supermarket policy
  Carmen Aristegui Mexican journalist
Carolina de Oliveira Syrian Mental health activist
Cat Hulbert American Professional gambler
  Chan Yuen-ting Hong Kong football manager[23]
Chanira Bajracharya Nepalese Former "living goddess" or Kumari
Churan Zheng Chinese Women's rights activist arrested for planning protest against sexual harassment on public transportation
Cindy Meston Canadian Clinical psychology professor
  Conchi Reyes Rios Spanish Bullfighter (es)
  Corinne Maier France French writer
Dalia Sabri Jordanian Blind music teacher
  Denise Ho Hong Kong Pop icon[23]
Doaa el-Adl Egyptian Cartoonist of cat whose stories reflect the news
Dwi Handa Indonesian Fashion star
Egge Kande Senegalese Community leader who advises young girls about education
Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya Swaziland First woman to become a bishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
  Erin McKenney American Science award winner
Erin Sweeny Australian rape psychologist
  Evelyn Miralles Venezuelan NASA engineer
Funke Bucknor-Obruthe[24] Nigerian Planner of glitzy and celebrity weddings
  Gcina Mhlope[25] South African Author, poet, playwright and storyteller
Gouri Chindarkar Indian Computer engineering student of the "School in the Cloud"
Heather Rabbatts Jamaican Chief Executive of the London Borough of Lambeth
  Heloise Letissier French French singer and songwriter known by her stage name Christine and the Queens
Ieshia Evans American Black protester
Isabella Springmuhl Tejada Guatemalan Fashion designer
Iskra Lawrence British Model
  Jamilah Lemieux American Cultural commentator
Jane Elliott American Anti-racism activist
  Janet Ní Shuilleabháin Irish Abortion rights campaigner
  Jeanette Winterson British novelist
Judi Aubel American Social entrepreneur
  June Eric-Udorie Irish Student activist
  Karima Baloch Pakistani independence campaigner
  Kartika Jahja Indonesian gender-equality singer
  Katherine Johnson American Space scientist who was a mathematician for NASA
Kathy Murray American "surrendered wife"
  Khadija Ismayilova Azerbaijani Journalist
Lhakpa Sherpa Nepalese Mountaineer who has climbed Everest seven times.
  Liliane Landor Lebanese BBC journalist
Liv Little British Magazine editor
Lois Strong American Cheerleader
Lubna Tahtamouni Jordanian Science campaigner
Lucy Finch Malawi hospice founder (only one in Malawi)
  Mallika Srinivasan Indian tractor manufacturer
Mao Kobayashi Japanese Cancer blogger
  Mariana Costa Peruvian Businesswoman
  Marne Levine American COO of Instagram
Marta Sánchez Soler Mexican Sociologist
  Marta Vieira da Silva Brazilian Footballer
'Mary' Kenyan Survivor of al-Shabab rape
  Mary Akrami Afghan Refuge founder
Megan Beveridge Scottish First female "lone piper" at the Edinburgh Tattoo
Mercedes Doretti Argentine Forensic anthropologist who investigates crimes against humanity
Morena Herrera Savadorian Abortion activist
Nadia Khiari Tunisian Cartoonist of ‘Willis from Tunis’, whose adventures are about the news
Nadiya Hussain British Winner of reality show "Bake Off" – went on to TV jobs
  Naema Ahmed Pakistani Start-up manager
Nagira Sabashova Kyrgyz Wrestler
  Natalia Ponce de Leon Colombian Acid attack victim
Nay el-Rahi Lebanese Harassment tracker
Neha Singh Indian Campaigner who encourages women to ignore harassment and reclaim the public space
Omotade Alalade Nigerian Infertility foundation creator
Ou Xiaobai Chinese App developer which links gay and lesbian people for marriages of convenience
Pashtun Rahmat Afghan Police officer
  Paula Hawkins Zimbabwean Thriller writer of "Girl on the Train"
Prathiba Parmar Kenyan British film maker
  Rachida Dati French Politician
Rakefet Russak-Aminoach Israeli Banker
  Rebecca Walker American Writer and activist
Reham el-Hour Moroccan Cartoonist who became professional after winning a UNESCO competition in 2000
Renee Rabinowitz Belgian 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 Thimmakka Indian 105 year old environmentalist who has managed trees
  Seyhan Arman Turkish Transgender activist
  Sherin Khankan Danish Imam
Shirin Gerami Iranian First woman triathlete in Iran
  Shriti Vadera Ugandan Banker who served as UK minister
  Sian Williams Welsh Rugby player
  Simone Biles American Olympic gymnast
  Stephanie Harvey Canadian Professional e-gamer "missharvey"
  Stephanie Yim Bell American Korean-American professional wrestler known as Jade
  Sunny Leone Canadian Actress
Traci Houpapa New Zealand Company director
Um-Yehia Syrian Nurse
  Viktoria Modesta Latvian Iconic pop artist
  Winnie Harlow Canadian Model
Yasmine Mustafa Kuwaiti Entrepreneur
  Yuliya Stepanova Russian Whistle-blowing athlete
  Zoleka Mandela South African Writer – survivor of addictions, sexual abuse and cancer. Grand daughter of Nelson Mandela.
Zulaikha Patel South African Thirteen year-old who took stand for young girls with natural hair
Tess Asplund Swedish Anti-fascism activist caught in iconic photo resisting fascists
Thuli Madonsela[25] South African Advocate who combats corruption
Maria Zakharova Russian Foreign ministry spokeswoman


The BBC News 100 Women list in 2015 was made up of many notable international names,[26] 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.[27]

Image Name Country Occupation
  Nicola Adams UK boxer
  Muzzon al-Mellehan Syria Activist
Siba Alaradi Syria Structural engineer
Antonia Albert Austria Entrepreneur
  Sonita Alizadeh[28] Afghanistan Rapper
  Victoria Alonsoperez Uruguay Entrepreneur
Niloufar Ardalan Iran Footballer
Paulina Arreola Mexico Entrepreneur
Masoumeh Ataei Iran Acid attack survivor
  Xyza Bacani Philippines Photographer
Alimata Bara Burkina Faso Trader
Sana Ben Ashour Tunisia Civil society activist
  Nicola Benedetti UK Musician
Meryl Benitah France Entrepreneur
  Fatou Bensouda Gambia International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor
  Asha Bhosle[17] India Singer
  Cecilia Bouzat Argentina Biophysicist
  Bobbi Brown Make-up artist and entrepreneur
Naomi Bya’Ombe Congo Student
  Rivka Carmi Israel Geneticist
Massiel Chávez Venezuela Student
Eveles Chimala Malawi Midwife
  Estela de Carlotto Argentina Human rights activist
  Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma South African Physician and chair of the African Union Commission
  Isabel dos Santos Angola Investor
Leimin Duong Australia Beer entrepreneur
Ernestina Edem Appiah Ghana Social entrepreneur, founder Ghana Code Club
Aissa Edon Malian-France Midwife
Jana Elhassan Lebanon Novelist
  Nawal el-Sadaawi Egypti Writer
  Paula Escobar Chile Magazine editor
  Monir Farmanfarmaian Iran Artist
  Claire Fox UK Writer and broadcaster
Elissa Freiha United Arab Emirates Entrepreneur
  Uta Frith Germany Psychologist
Melanie Goldsmith UK Entrepreneur
Alina Gracheva Moldova Camerawoman
Megan Grano United States Comedian
Alice Gray UK Science blogger
  Sara Jane Ho Hong Kong Entrepreneur
Michaela Hollywood UK Fundraiser for the disabled
Ella Ingram[28] Australian activist for mental illness anti-discrimination Ninth row
Ayesha Ishtiaq Pakistan Student
Somayya Jabarti Saudi Arabia Newspaper editor
Azza Jadalla Palestine Nurse
Misraa Jimaa Ethiopia Health extension worker
  Samantha John American Entrepreneur of Hopscotch company
  Kamini Kaushal[17] India Bollywood actress
Tahmina Kohistani Afghanistan Olympic sprinter
Rimppi Kumari[17] Indian Farmer
  Linda Kwamboka Kenya Entrepreneur
Tina Lavender UK Midwife
Zihan Ling China Entrepreneur
Zimasa Mabela South Africa Naval captain
  Emi Mahmoud Sudan, United States Poet
  Catherine Mahugu Kenya Jewelry entrepreneur
Amara Majeed United States Hijab activist and author
Nemata Majeks-Walker Sierra Leone Women's rights activist
  Katrine Marcal Sweden Writer and journalist
Karabo Mathang South Africa Entrepreneur
Muniba Mazari Pakistan Artist and anchorwoman
Jessy McCabe UK Student
  Sania Mirza[28] India Tennis player
  Brit Morin United States Entrepreneur
Smriti Nagpal[17] India Entrepreneur
Pauline Ng Singapore Entrepreneur
Delaney Osborne United States Student
  Bel Pesce Brazil Entrepreneur
Verashni Pillay South Africa Newspaper editor
Irina Polyakova Russia Paralympian
Elsa Prieto France and Spain Entrepreneur
Cristina Randall Canada Entrepreneur
Claire Reid South Africa Entrepreneur
Jenni Rhodes UK 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 Jamaica Showgirl and cabaret performer
  Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal British Trade envoy
Mumtaz Shaikh[17] India Human rights activist
  Nareen Shammo Iraq Political activist and journalist
Rasha Shehada Palestine Manufacturing director
Zuzanna Stańska Poland Entrepreneur
Michelle Sun Hong Kong Entrepreneur
  Hilary Swank[28] United States Actress
Julie Sygiel United States Entrepreneur
Rotana Tarabzouni Saudi Arabia Singer/songwriter
Kanika Tekriwal[17][29] India Entrepreneur
Lizanne Teo Singapore Entrepreneur
  Jana Tepe Germany Entrepreneur
Li Tingting China Human rights activist
  Sophie Walker UK Leader of the Women's Equality Party
  Alek Wek Sudan Fashion model/UN ambassador
Xian Xu China Entrepreneur
Tin Tin Yu Burma Teacher
Marie-Ange Zimndou Koutou Central African Republic Nurse's aide in a war zone
Nour Syria Refugee


The BBC News 100 Women list in 2014 continued the efforts of the first year's initiative.[30]

Image Name Occupation
SDr Yasmin Altwaijri Saudi mental health and obesity scientist
  Conchita Wurst Singer, Austria
  Laura Bates Founder, Everyday Sexism project
Pinky Lilani Founder, Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Ruby Chakravarti Women's rights campaigner, India
  Susie Orbach Psychotherapist
Pontso Mafethe Zimbabwean women's programme manager, Comic Relief@pontso_mafethe
Kate Shand Managing director of Enjoy Education
  Shappi Khorsandi Iranian-born British comedian
Shazia Saleem Founder ieat Foods
Wai Wai Nu Director, Women Peace Net
Michaela Bergman Chief Counsellor for Social Issues, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  Paula Moreno Founder of peace foundation Manos Visibles
Rubana Huq Bangladeshi textile manufacturer
Lucy-Anne Holmes Founder, No More Page Three campaign, UK
  Brianna Stubbs Rower for Great Britain and Oxford PhD Scientist
Matilda Tristam Comics writer
  Nigar Nazar Pakistani cartoonist@NigarNazar
  Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Pakistani documentary film-maker
Uldus Bakhtiozina Russian photographer
  Lesley Yellowlees First female president, Royal Chemistry Society
Rebecca Gomperts Founder, Women on Waves
Katherine Brown Academic, Kings College London
Emily Kasyoka Boxer, Kenya
Aowen Jin Chinese-born British artist
Eliza Rebeiro Founder of Lives not Knives
Muge Iplikci Turkish journalist
Natumanya Sarah Educator
Linda Tirado Campaigner
Alice Hagan Technician at healthcare company BTG
May Tha Hla Burmese food aid social worker
  Rainatou Sow Founder of Make Every Woman Count
Justa Canaviri[31] Celebrity chef, Bolivia
Heather Jackson Women's business campaigner
  Ruby Wax Mental health campaigner and comic
Umm Ahmed Sole provider for her family, Iraq
  Xiaolu Guo Chinese novelist and film-maker
Hind Hobeika Founder of Instabeat, Lebanon
Molly Case Student nurse and Women of the Future Ambassador
  Joyce Banda Former president of Malawi
Saadia Zahidi World Economic Forum
Aditi Mittal Indian stand-up comedian
Jess Butcher Co-founder of Blippar
Farah Mohamed Girls 20 summit founder
Katy Tuncer Founder, Ready Steady Mums
Smruti Sriram Founder, Wings of Hope & Achievement Awards
Darshan Karki Opinion-piece editor at Kathmandu Post daily, Nepal blogger
  Brooke Magnanti US anthropologist, author, former sex worker
Chipo Chung Chinese-Zimbabwean actor and activist
Pinar Ogunc Journalist writing about women's issues and the Kurdish political movement
Sabina Kurgunayeva Footballer who also runs her own bicycle rental business in Azerbaijan
Kate Wilson Founder of independent children's book publisher in UK
Betty Lalam Director of women's community organisation, Northern Uganda
Arabella Dorman War artist
Andy Kawa Businesswoman and social entrepreneur
Bahia Shehab Egyptian artist, designer and art historian
Divya Sharma Indian science student
  Jocelyn Bell Burnell Scientist who discovered Pulsars
Eleni Antoniadou Co-Founder Transplants Without Donors
Shelina Zahra Janmohamed Blogger, columnist and author
  Salinee Tavaranan Thai engineer and social entrepreneur
  Hatoon Kadi Saudi Arabian comedian
  Brie Rogers Lowery UK Director of
Balvinder Saund Chair of Women's Sikh Alliance, UK
Cora Sherlock Pro-life campaigner and blogger in Ireland
  Alaa Murabit Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women
Bushra El-Turk British-Lebanese composer for London Symphony Orchestra
Kim Winser Founder, Winser London
  Arzu Geybullayeva blogger
Judith Webb First female commander of an all-male British Army squadron@sjbwebb
Sarah Hesterman Equal rights campaigner in Qatar
Sana Saleem Pakistani campaigner against Internet censorship
Asma Mansour Co-founder of Tunisian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
  Diana Nammi Kurdish women's rights campaigner against "honour" killing
Funmi Iyanda Talk show host, journalist, activist in Nigeria
Karen Masters Scientist at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
Khuloud Saba Syrian researcher and public health worker
Yolanda Wang Yixuan Women's rights campaigner in China
Ayesha Mustafa Founder and director of
  Obiageli Ezekwesili Former World Bank Vice President for Africa and Former Minister for Education, Nigeria
Tehmina Kazi Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy
Sophi Tranchell Head of Divine Chocolate
Boghuma Kabisen Titanji Virologist and campaigner for ethical medical research in Cameroon
Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah Women's movement leader in Indonesia
Anjali Ramachandran Head of Innovation at PHD
Yas Necati Campaigner for better sex education
  Yeonmi Park Activist raising awareness of the plight of her people in North Korea@YeonmiParkNK
Irene Li Citizen journalist who took part in and documented protests in Hong Kong
Sandee Pyne Chief executive of Community Partner's International, focused on aid in Myanmar
Temie Giwa Founder of the One Percent Project, facilitating blood donation in Nigeria
  Kavita Krishnan Secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association
Sarah Khan Pakistani filmmaker and campaigner
Nicky Moffat Highest Ranked woman in British Armed Forces
  Alice Powell Racing driver and first female to win a Formula Renault Championship
Misty Haith Research Engineer at Imperial College London
Sally Sabry Businesswoman in Egypt
  Kate Smurthwaite British comedian and activist
Susana Lopez Mexican virologist specialising in rotavirus
Jaya Luintel Journalist and women's rights advocate from Nepal
  Nicola Sturgeon 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.[32]

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 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 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
  Ingrid Betancourt French-Colombian former politician and FARC hostage
  Cherie Blair British barrister and philanthropist
  Emma Bonino Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy
Yvonne Brewster Stage director, teacher and writer
  Gurinder Chadha British-Asian film director
Nervana Mahmoud Egyptian blogger and commentator
Irina Chakraborty Russian-Finnish-Indian engineer
  Shadi Sadr Iranian lawyer and human rights defender
Chipo Chung Chinese-Zimbabwean actor and activist
  Helen Clark Head of UN Development Programme, former New Zealand Prime Minister
  Diane Coyle Economist, writer and blogger
  Caroline Criado Perez British journalist and feminist campaigner
Jody Day founder of Gateway Women, a network for childless women
  Es Devlin British theatre designer
  Klara Dobrev Hungarian lawyer and economist
  Efua Dorkenoo Ghanan 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 Ezekwesili Senior adviser, Open Society Foundation
Caroline Farrow Catholic writer, blogger and pro-life activist
Anne Stella Fomumbod Women's rights activist, Cameroon
  Teresa Forcades Radical Spanish nun
  Razan Ghazzawi Syrian blogger and activist
  Rebecca Gomperts Dutch doctor, head of Women on Waves
  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
  Rose Hudson-Wilkin Jamaican born British priest
  Bettany Hughes Historian, author, broadcaster
Rubana Huq Bangladeshi textile manufacturer
  Leyla Hussein Co-founder, Daughters of Eve, anti-violence campaigner
Heather Jackson CEO of An Inspirational Journey and Founder of The Women's Business Forum
Shelina Zahra Janmohamed Blogger, columnist and author
  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 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 and former Deputy Speaker, Afghan National Parliament
  Dina Korzun Russian actor and charity activist
  Martha Lane-Fox UK technology entrepreneur
  Paris Lees Transgender broadcaster
Ann Leslie Journalist
Sian Lindley Researcher in social technology
Pontso Mafethe Programme manager, Comic Relief
  Brooke Magnanti US anthropologist, author, former sex worker
  Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba Deputy Secretary General, the Commonwealth
Shirley Meredeen Founding member, Growing Old Disgracefully
  Samar Samir Mezghanni Record-breaking young Tunisian writer
  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 Former UK Security and Counter-Terrorism Minister
  Susie Orbach Psychotherapist and author
Mirina Paananen Islamic researcher
  Claudia Paz y Paz Attorney General, Guatemala
  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
  Kamila Shamsie UK-based Pakistani writer
Divya Sharma Indian electronics and communications engineer
Bahia Shehab Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and art historian
  Joanna Shields Chair and CEO, Tech City Investment Organisation
  Stephanie Shirley Businesswoman and philanthropist
  Clare Short British politician, former International Development Secretary
  Jacqui Smith Former UK Home Secretary
  Kate Smurthwaite British stand-up comedian and activist
  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 Head of Gender Parity and Human Capital, World Economic Forum
Dinara Zhorobekova Student, Kyrgyzstan
Gemma Godfrey Board director, broadcaster
  Martina Navratilova 18-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion

Initiatives by yearEdit

  • 2013: "100 Women: Who Took Part?". BBC News. 22 November 2013.
  • 2014: "Who are the 100 Women 2014?". BBC News. 26 October 2014.
  • 2015: "BBC 100 Women 2015: Who is on the list?". BBC News. 17 November 2015.
  • 2016: "100 Women: Who is taking part?". BBC News. 22 October 2013.

Other participantsEdit

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


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