BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list?

Date: 21.11.2016     Last updated: 21.11.2016 at 11.23
One hundred of the most inspirational women across the world in 2016 have been named by the BBC

The BBC's 100 Women season returns today unveiling its chosen list of inspirational women for 2016. This year's list marks the fourth year of the season, which seeks to better represent women in the BBC's international news output.

The women are once again a mixture of female trailblazers – high-profile and influential women from all corners of the world, with more entrepreneurs, engineers, sportswomen, business women, fashion icons and artists than ever before. The list reveals a third of nominees aged 30 and below, as well as several inspiring women over the age of 80, many of whom campaign for their causes whilst striving for a better world for themselves and their families.

Some of this year’s high profile women include singer-songwriter Alicia Keys; US gold medal winning gymnast, Simone Biles; French politician Rachida Dati and Chairman of Santander UK Baroness Shriti Vadera.

Other well-known faces include baker, author and television presenter, Nadiya Hussain; Heloise Letissier, known by her stage name 'Christine and the Queens', and Winnie Harlow, one of the world's most recognisable models.

Less well-known but equally inspirational women include:

Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya, the first woman to be elected bishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Saalumarada Thimmakka – at105 she is the oldest on the list – an environmentalist in India who has planted more than 8,000 trees in 80 years

Chanira Bajracharya, creator of support network to help Nepal's former 'Living Goddesses' transition into ordinary life.

Stephanie Harvey, one of the world’s most successful female video gamers in the billion-dollar industry of e-sports

Evelyn Miralles, leads a NASA team developing the VR programme for the Mars Mission.

Iskra Lawrence, plus size model who stars in unretouched photo campaigns and tours US universities to speak about body positivism.

Mallika Srinivasan, known as the ‘Tractor queen’ of India, she has grown her family company into the third largest tractor manufacturer in the world.

Nay el-Rahi, co-founder of, a website which tracks street harassment in Lebabon.

Shirin Gerami, Iran’s first ever female ‘Ironwoman’ triathlete, she competes in hijab, and has developed her own range of sportswear to inspire other Iranian women

The season kicks off on Monday 21 November starting three weeks of thought-provoking broadcast and online special reports, debates, programmes and journalism, running online at, on BBC World News TV, and on the 29 global languages services of BBC World Service Group, as well as network news.

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