Tuesday saw the publication of the Top 100 featuring the most influential and powerful women in our country today http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qlvb/features/power-list-100
Awesome to see, but it raised as many questions as it answered for me.
Firstly, I am wrong to be slightly disappointed that I didn’t see my own name? In my head, I think these lists are like the National Lottery and one day ‘it could be me’?
On a more serious note, I was surprised at how many of the women I didn’t know. The Queen topped the list (and rightly so, following her awesome appearance at the Olympics) but as I worked my way through the 100, I was struck by how many names I didn’t recognise. As someone who regards herself as a feminist and interested in inspiring women, I wondered how I had missed a great swathe of female achievers?
Is it because men are better at self promotion? Is it because women work tirelessly behind the scenes? Is it because many of these women were heading towards the end of the careers and did not seek external accolades? I also noticed how many of these women were in the fields of science, law and philanthropy, traditionally male dominated areas.
It got me thinking about my own power list and the women who have currently have an impact on my life. Interestingly, I can easily tell if I am going to like someone based on their reaction to the following people;
Who would be on your power list? Who do you think shapes your everyday life?