Woman's Hour Power List
The Woman’s Hour Power List will rank the 100 most powerful women in the UK at the start of 2013.
Which women have the biggest impact on our economy, society, politics and culture? Who has the ability to inspire change as a role model or a thinker? Does power boil down to having the money to make things happen? And has new technology changed what it is to be powerful?
The Woman’s Hour Power List will survey the achievements of British women across public life and offer some measure of the progress women have made in society. We hope to shine a light on the top female politicians, business women and leaders in their field – from areas as diverse as finance, education, health, engineering and the arts. And we will ask how much power these women have in modern Britain?
Woman’s Hour is asking you to suggest the women who you think have the greatest influence and ability to change the way we live our lives in the UK today. We will pass your suggestions on to our panel of judges.
The judges will compile the Woman’s Hour Power List from your suggestions, listening to expert witnesses from almost every sphere of life. Our judges will bring a wealth of experience to the table in making their decisions.
The Woman’s Hour Power List will provoke debate about the choices women make, the obstacles they face and what it is to be powerful in the 21st century.
Eve Pollard chairs the panel of judges. Eve is a journalist, author and former Fleet Street editor and was only the second woman to edit a national newspaper, the Sunday Mirror, moving on to edit the Sunday Express. In 1989 she set up the professional networking group Women in Journalism and she is the vice-chairman of the charity, Wellbeing of Women. Eve was made an OBE in 2008 and is a regular commentator in UK media. Eve Pollard on Desert Island Discs
Jill Burridge was editor of Woman’s Hour between 2002 and 2011. She began her association with the programme in the 1970s when she was a reporter and producer. Jill helped to launch the discussion led website iVillage. More about Jill Burridge
Oona King, Baroness King of Bow, is a Labour peer in the House of Lords and she is a diversity executive at Channel 4. Before that she was a senior policy advisor to Gordon Brown on equalities and diversity. A broadcaster, writer and political campaigner she was MP for Bethnal Green & Bow from 1997 to 2005. And in 2010 she ran against Ken Livingstone to be selected as the Labour Party candidate for Mayor of London. Oona King on Twitter
Val McDermid is an award winning crime writer whose books have been translated into 30 languages and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. She began her writing career as a journalist and went on to become the northern bureau chief of national Sunday tabloid. She has also written radio plays, short stories, non-fiction and a children’s book. Val McDermid on Twitter
Dawn O’Porter is a journalist, author and television presenter. Her immersive documentaries have tackled breast cancer, the health implications of diet culture and explored attitudes to nudity, dating, relationships, pregnancy and childbirth. A regular contributor to various publications including the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan and the Huffington Post, she is currently writing the first of two novels for young adults, Paper Aeroplanes. Dawn O’Porter on Twitter
Priti Patel is the Conservative MP for Witham. Before her election in 2010 she worked in the communications industry for more than a decade and was director of communications for a major international company. Soon after taking her seat she was elected to the executive of influential backbench 1922 committee. She takes an interest in political issues including Europe, law and order, and, as a former school governor, education. Priti Patel’s website