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  1. Fighting the 'gender say gap'

    When it comes to gender imbalance, it's not just about the pay gap.

    The gender say gap "calls attention to the invisibility of women and other diverse groups in business and in public life," says Claire Mason, who coined the term.

    Claire first noticed it when she working on a campaign with an all-female team, who wouldn't do interviews or make speeches to publicise their ideas.

    "Instead, two men volunteered and did a great job. They recognised the opportunity and seized it, even though they were less well-qualified to speak on the subject," she says.

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    Video caption: BBC 100 Women 2020 : Claire Mason

    Claire says the next generation of women "can’t be what they can’t see". This is her advice:

    1. Enhance your skills - if you’re not the best public speaker, seek out training
    2. Say yes to every public speaking opportunity - you can only improve by challenging yourself
    3. Put yourself forward for opportunities - get out there and don't just wait to be asked
  2. Get yourself a 'three bucket budget'

    Illustration of the three bucket budget

    Earlier we were getting money tips from some incredibly financially savvy women, with @JillaDee illustrating their ideas live for us.

    Tori Dunlap - who saved $100,000 before she turned 25 - told us about her “three bucket budget”.

    • Bucket number one is for the spending that is absolutely necessary to your life – what you need to "eat, sleep, breathe, move and live"
    • Bucket number two is your goals – paying off debts, saving, investing
    • Bucket three is your spending on fun, and your "wants"

    "Distinguishing what is a want, what is a need and what are your goals is really helpful and an easy way to start tracking your money," she says.

  3. Coming up: Find your voice and beat the 'gender say gap'

    Alma Arzate, Deepa Narayan, Enam Asiama and Claire Mason

    How confident do you feel in speaking up at work? Are you comfortable posting what you want online?

    Join our masterclass with:

    • Deepa Narayan, author of Chup: Breaking the Silence About India's Women, and researcher into how culture affects women speaking up
    • Enam Asiama, a plus-size model, social media influencer and activist
    • Alma Arzate, businesswoman and leader with more than two decades of global experience

    Also featuring Claire Mason, founder and CEO of consultancy firm Man Bites Dog, who coined the phrase "gender say gap". She wants to highlight the invisibility that women and other diverse groups face in public life, and will explain how to tackle it.

  4. 'I'm almost 83, what can they do to me?'

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    Video caption: Jane Fonda: 'It's much harder to be young than it is old'

    As a young actress, she was winning awards, protesting, and getting arrested - and as an 82-year-old Jane Fonda is still winning awards, protesting, and getting arrested.

    Here are just some of the highlights from her interview with BBC 100 Women.

  5. 'Fire Drill Fridays'

    Jane Fonda addresses a crowd

    Still relentless after 50 years of activism, actress Jane Fonda led weekly demonstrations on Capitol Hill in early 2020 to demand that politicians address the “climate emergency”.

    Jane says she wasn't suprised that of the thousands marching, two-thirds were female, and most were older.

    "We’re facing a collective climate crisis and women understand interdependence and we like being in a community," she says.

    "Women find their super power together, and that’s why I think women are leading the climate movement."

  6. Jane Fonda: 'My hope is a disclipline, it gives me energy'

    Jane Fonda headshot

    Oscar-winning actress and activist Jane Fonda features on this year's list - and she's been in conversation with 100 Women host Nuala McGovern.

    She's passionate about the environment - and a leading figure in the climate protests in the US.

    "I know I am doing everything in my human power to fight the climate crisis."

  7. How empowered are the characters?

    Nadine Kaadan, from Syria, is an award-winning children's book author and one of our BBC 100 Women 2020.

    She says it’s not enough just to choose books that feature people of colour.

    "It is really important to think, when choosing a book, how empowered that character is.

    "Unfortunately, a lot of books are being published in the name of diversity and representation, but the ethnic minority character is kept in the background."

    Instead, she says those characters need to have agency.

    "For example, many stories about Syrian refugees are just about the refugee character waiting to be saved."

  8. 'I don't need to see the world to have a vision'

    Elin Williams is a writer and disability advocate, and she's one of this year's BBC 100 Women.

    Elin Williams

    When she was registered as severely sight impaired/blind, she looked online for other teenagers in a similar situation.

    Elin found lots of statistics and medical reports but struggled to find anyone with a story liker hers. So, she started her own blog, and although it was designed to help others, it also became her own "survival tool".

    A blurry image with dark shadows

    Elin says the image above is a representation of how she sees the world.

    "My eyesight is like a camera that is constantly out of focus. That focus deteriorates day-by-day and it's like the shutter is slowly closing in, casting dark shadows around the edges of the image," she says.

    "But I don't need to see the world in order to have vision for what I want to achieve in it."

    You can read more about Elin's story here.

  9. How to diversify your child's bookshelf

    If you want to get top tips on how to make your bookshelf more inclusive from author Nadine Kaadan, one of our BBC 100 Women then check out this video!

    She starts with suggesting we have a look at the book collection we have at home.

    But after that, what else can we do to diversify it?

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    Video caption: BBC 100 Women 2020 Nadine Kaadan
  10. Who's your unsung hero of 2020?

    We've left the 100th place on this year's list intentionally blank. Let us know which unsung woman you think deserves to be on there using @BBC100Women on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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  11. 'I always wanted to play the knight or the prince'

    Francesca Cavallo and her co-author wrote Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls after reflecting on the lack of thrilling female characters in children’s books.

    "We were avid readers as children but couldn’t think of any books we read that put female characters into the roles we liked to play. I wanted to be a knight for example, when I played with my cousins. I always took male roles because I felt that female roles were not exciting.

    "I always wanted to be a knight, or a prince, or the dad in a family. You grow out of those games but that profound belief you need to be different from who you are to make exciting things with your life, it stays with you. We wanted to change that for the girls who came after us."

  12. 'I knew I'd have to write the stories myself'

    Lutay BC's book

    Only 5% of children’s books published in the UK last year had an ethnic minority main character, according to a new study.

    Ruth Banda Chitiya is a Zambian born, British author and illustrator, who publishes under the pseudonym Lutay B.C.

    She is taking part in our masterclass on rewriting the narrative.

    "In order to find the stories I was looking for, I knew that I needed to write them myself. If I want my children to read authentic stories that speak to their heritage, faith... then only I or someone like me can write these," she says.

  13. Scientists are the new princesses

    A child dressed up as a doctor

    Once upon a time there was a scientist…

    Francesca Cavallo is the co-author of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

    The series offers an alternative to fairytales by focusing on real life heroines such as Marie Curie, Malala Yousafzai or Maya Angelou.

    Her inspiration was the need to widen the narrative for children.

    "Parenting isn’t just about raising children, it is about having the courage and determination to give birth to a new world," she says.

  14. Coming up: Making bedtime stories that are more diverse… and less sexist

    How many times have you read a children's story where ethnically diverse characters are banished to the sidelines, and male characters get all the best lines?

    How do we rewrite the narrative?

    Join our masterclass with:

    • Francesca Cavallo, co-author of bestselling book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
    • Ruth Banda Chitiya, who under the pen name Lutay B.C has written her own short stories with diverse characters.
    • Nadine Kaadan, award-winning children's book author who will be sharing her work as an illustrator
  15. Get five top tips on living in a greener way

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    Video caption: How to live a greener life

    "We’re all confronting this climate uncertainty together but there will always be some people who are more vulnerable than others. Let’s show compassion for those less fortunate," says Kotchakorn Voraakhom.

    The architect from Thailand shares her simple ideas for how you can start living a more sustainable life.

  16. How can you live a more sustainable life?

    Green living illustration

    Landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom has been making her home city of Bangkok - and others - more resilient to climate change.

    She says little changes can mean we live greener, more sustainable lives:

    Reclaim the roof: One of the most wasted spaces all over the world is roof space. But what if we use that space to grow food?

    “Imagine if entire cities created rooftop farms, we could expand the space to grow food like fruits and vegetables locally and efficiently,” she says

    Choose native plants and messy gardens: Many of us love finding new exotic plants for our outdoor spaces, but that is really bad for the environment.

    “It’s much better for bees and other insects if we stick to plants that naturally grow where we live, and we let our gardens go a bit wild!”

    Illustrations by @costhanzo

  17. ‘The hero cannot be someone who is abusive’

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    Video caption: ‘The hero cannot be someone who is abusive’

    Film star Mahira Khan wants to tackle social issues in her native Pakistan by changing the narrative in films and on TV.

    "We can't just show a women being assaulted and then the women falling in love with that," she says.

    She's been a favourite with audiences ever since starting out as an MTV video jockey (VJ) in 2006 and appears on this year's BBC 100 Women list.

  18. Unpaid work and chores during the pandemic 'could set equality back 25 years'

    Illustration of a woman cooking

    100 Women has been looking at the issue of unpaid work - which has been a huge problem for women during the pandemic, according to new global data from UN Women.

    The organisation says this could wipe out 25 years of increasing gender equality, as women have found themselves doing significantly more domestic chores and family care in 2020.

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    Video caption: How coronavirus chores could set back women's equality by 25 years

    "Everything we worked for, that has taken 25 years, could be lost in a year," says UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia.

    You can read more about the story here.

  19. Why it's good to give children pocket money

    A child paying at the till

    Nimi Akinkugbe knows what she’s talking about when it comes to money.

    After two decades in banking, she's helped introduce financial literacy clubs in schools in Lagos, Nigeria, where she lives.

    More than 60 schools now offer the extra-curricular lessons, which teach financial management through workshops and games.

    She suggests parents give their children an allowance to teach them how to use money responsibly.

    "Help them to divide it into three tiers: saving, spending, and giving. By guiding them through these concepts... you’re laying a foundation for their future financial security."