BBC 100 Women: BBC unveils its list of trailblazing women including Jane Fonda & unsung heroes

Jane Fonda, BBC 100 Women

The BBC has released its annual 100 Women list, unveiling trailblazing women from high profile names to unsung heroes.

The theme of this year’s list is How Women Led Change in 2020, and celebrates some of the scientists, public health experts, and healthcare workers who have helped us weather the storm of the global pandemic, as well as women from other industries who have all been leaders of change in their own way – from politicians, lawyers and architects to actors, writers, athletes, singers and those who have sought to improve the lives of others in their community.

For the first time, this year’s List will see the 100th spot left blank to honour all the women who made an impact and a sacrifice in this extraordinary year, and allow our audiences to fill it with someone meaningful to them.

Those included on the list include US actress Jane Fonda. The two-time Academy award-winner who has been at the forefront of social activism for over 50 years, lending her voice to causes ranging from women’s rights, fair pay for tipped workers and most recently launching Fire Drill Fridays with Greenpeace USA to educate and protest the climate crisis.

Also included on the list is Christina Adane, who was behind the UK petition for free school meals over the summer holidays, which footballer Marcus Rashford supported; US astronaut Kathy Sullivan, who holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space and dive to the deepest point in the ocean, making her the most vertical person in the world; and Brazilian transgender model, Lea T, who is a pop-culture icon of transgender advocacy, speaking up about discrimination against LGBT people and calling for society to tackle it.

100 Women was established in 2013 as an annual series focused on a list of 100 inspirational women. You can view the full list of amazing women here.


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Alison Simpson
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