The BBC has revealed its 100 Women list for 2016, putting a mix of influential and inspirational women from around the world in the spotlight, as part of its 100 women season.
This year the theme focuses on defiance, with the list featuring musician Alicia Keys, chief operating officer of Instagram Marne Levine, writer of The girl on the train Paula Hawkins, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, and Nadiya Hussain, a previous winner of the Great British Bake-off.
Launched in 2013, the 100 Women season aims to improve the representation of women in the BBC’s international news output. It showcases a list of 100 women from different spheres, including politics, science and entertainment, and their extraordinary lives, achievements and experiences.
Fiona Crack, editor of 100 Women season said: “100 Women is now in its fourth year, and we are proud of the platform it has given to many inspirational women, using the reach and journalistic excellence of the BBC to highlight the challenges, opportunities and experiences of women across the world. Our main limitation is that we can only name 100.
“This year I’m particularly looking forward to some of the stories coming from Gaza, Uganda, Nepal and Kazakhstan. We will focus on lots of difficult issues, including trafficking, secondary infertility, domestic abuse, harassment and trolling.
“We will also explore the inspiring attitudes of women and girls with features about reimagining ‘sexist’ fairy tales, harnessing the power of grandmas and how to plan a wedding for 3,000 in Africa’s most populous city.”
Some of the women on the list:
Evelyn Miralles, Nasa engineer
I don’t think being a woman and being Hispanic puts me at a disadvantage. It is more of a constant challenge.
Lubna Tahtamouni, biology professor
Smart women are often labelled as unattractive, not feminine enough, or even masculine.
Marta Vieira da Silva, footballer
We should let kids choose whatever they want to do. We need to stop this idea of ‘this sport is for men and this sport is for women.
Nadiya Hussain, baker
I’m never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I’m never gonna say I can’t do it. I’m never gonna say ‘maybe’.
For me, the important thing has always been a focus on getting the job done.
You make your own luck. You make it in training.
Traci Houpapa, company director
We need a strategy and policy that improves the wealth and wellbeing of our families, our communities and our countries.
You can view the full list here. For more updates during the 100 Women season, follow the #100Women hashtag on Twitter.