544 women have received awards in the New Year’s Honours List for 2019 – making up 47 per cent of the list.
A number of prominent women are being recognised on the list, including a damehood for Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Money, for services to financial services and women in the financial services; a CBE for Turner Prize winner, Gillian Wearing, who was responsible for creating the statue of Millicent Fawcett; and a CBE for Dr Helen Pankhurst, senior adviser at CARE International for services to gender and equality.
Also amongst the list were a number of WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star alumni, including an MBE for Amali De Alwis, Founder of CodeFirst:Girls; and an MBE for Ruth Oshikanlu, award-winning Pregnancy Mindset Expert.
Both Alwis and Oshikanlu were awarded a Rising Star Champion award in 2017. The Rising Star Champion is a senior individual of any gender who is championing gender equality either inside or outside their organisation.
The New Year’s Honours list 2019, published on Saturday 29 December, recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom.
This list highlights a range of extraordinary responses to a number of significant and traumatic events – honouring those who have overcome personal loss, helped rebuild communities and whose expertise and dedication showcase the very best of the UK.
This honours list continues to demonstrate the breadth of service given by people from all backgrounds from all across the UK.
Of the total 1,148 people who received an award 12 per cent of successful candidates come from a BAME background. Four per cent of the candidates consider themselves to have a disability, while five per cent of recipients identify as being LGBT.
View the full list of honours here.