Women lead the New Year’s Honours List 2017

Women have outnumbered men on the 2017 New Year Honours List, making up over half of the recipients.
Anna Wintour New Years Honours 2017
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For 2017 there are 603 successful female candidates in the list. This makes up just over 50% of the 1,197 total number.

The group of women honoured has proven more diverse and inclusive than ever. There’s a record-number of recipients from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background and nearly 10% of candidates considering themselves to have a disability.

Honorees include a CBE for Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief at Vogue, CBE for Justine Roberts, co-founder of Mumsnet and Gransnet, and a CBE for Angela Rippon for her services to dementia care.

Victoria Beckham has received an OBE for her services towards fashion and charity work. Actresses Naomie Harris, Helen McCroy and Patricia Routledge have all been awarded for services to theatre and the arts.

There were also many candidates from the world of sport, including a damehood for Jessica Ennis Hill for services to athletics, Katherine Grainger, the first female Olympian to win five medals at five different games and Laura Kenny (alongside her husband), for services to cycling.  Other awards include an OBE for Kate Richardson-Walsh and an MBE for Helen Richardson-Walsh following Great Britain’s first women’s Olympic hockey gold medal. Ellie Robinson, BBC Young Sports Personality will receive an MBE after successfully obtaining a swimming gold medal.

One of the oldest awarded is Janet Gillespie, a 94- year-old volunteer for Poppy Scotland, who is receiving a British Empire Medal for spending 60 years selling poppies for charity. Susan Green is also being awarded for services to education and the community of London. She has spent 30 years volunteering for the Samaritans, including supporting inmates at Feltham Young Offenders Institute and Wormwood Scrubs Prison.

74% of awards in this year’s Honours will go to those who have undertaken outstanding work for their local community, with females prominently featuring in the list.

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