Marking International Women’s Day with a nod towards some genuine ‘influencers’ in the very real sense (excuse us if we ignore C list reality TV types!)

From top left to bottom right:

Kate Adie, CBE – the BBC news jounalist that was so often reporting the very front line of the major conflicts of the past three decades. Brave and honest her big break came reporting the Iranian Embassy seige in 1980, she also covered the Tiananmen Square protests, the Gulf War, the Yugoslavia war, the Rwandan genocide and the war in Sierra Leone. As well as being awarded an OBE she has also won BAFTAs.

J.K. Rowling,  CH, OBE, FRSL, FRCPE, FRSE is best known for writing the 500 million copy-selling Harry Potter books, but Rowling is also a generous philanthropist and established the Volant Charitable Trust, which uses its annual budget of £5.1 million to combat poverty and social inequality.

Baroness Trumpington, DCVO, PC was a code breaker at Bletchley Park during the Second World War .. absolutely key to providing the intelligence that helped the allied forces win the conflict.

Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady to Franklin Roosevelt, her main focus on helping the country’s poor, standing up against racial discrimination and, during World War II, she traveled abroad to visit U.S. troops.

Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean for which she received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross. She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. She disappeared in 1937 en route to Howard Island in the Pacific Ocean during an attempted round the world flight.

Marie Curie was a pioneering, two-time Nobel prize winning scientist, in fact she was the first person and only woman to win twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two different sciences. Her research into radioactivity and screening has no doubt saved countless lives.

Malala Yousafzai and two other girls were shot by a Taliban gunman in 2012 in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism for female education. After recovering from her injuries her tireless work and earned her the accolade of the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate.

Dame Hilary Mary Mantel, DBE, FRSL is a writer who is the first ever to be awarded the Booker Prize twice.

Wangarĩ Muta Maathai was a Kenyan environmental political activist and Nobel laureate. She founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organisation focussing on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights.



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