UK: The BBC has revealed some of the inspirational individuals who have been chosen for inclusion on the BBC 100 Women list 2017. Taken from across all spheres of modern life – from engineering to the creative industries, from sport to business – they represent the global wealth of female talent.
There is a twist this year; only the first 60 women are revealed.
New for 2017 this is a unique celebration of female talent which sees four teams of women tasked with finding solutions to everyday problems currently blighting female lives across the globe. From 2-6 October women based in Silicon Valley will tackle the glass ceiling; from 9 -13 October the Delhi team are looking at female illiteracy; from 16 -20 October safety on public transport will be the focus for the London and Nairobi team; and finally from 23-27 October women in Rio will consider sexism in sport.
The remaining 40 places will then be decided as the challenge progresses, drawn from those who have supported, inspired and helped the teams on the ground over the course of the weeks. They might be someone working on a solution on the other side of the world; the woman who suggested the piece of code; the woman who named the campaign; or the woman who, by courageously sharing her story, inspired the solution.
The list of 60 women can be viewed here.
Some of the women featured this year are:
– Astronaut Peggy Whitson (57). Having made three trips to the International Space Station, Peggy has spent more time in space than any other United States astronaut.
– President of Chile Michelle Bachelet (65) – the first female to hold office in the history of her country.
– President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (78) -the 24th and current President of Liberia since 2006 and the first elected female head of state in Africa.
– Dancer, TV star and business owner Jin Xing (50). Known as China’s answer to Oprah Winfrey, Jin Xing was the first transgender woman in China to receive government approval for gender reassignment.
– Footballer Steph Houghton (29) – captain of Manchester City FC and the England women’s football team.