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BBC’s list of the world’s most inspirational and influential women for 2016

Maria Zakharova

The British broadcaster BBC has released its 100 women list to celebrate the world’s most inspirational and influential women from across the globe for 2016. Some of 2016’s big names are Alicia Keys, Katherine Johnson, former ‘human computer’ and research mathematician at Nasa, Marne Levine, COO of Instagram, Evelyn Miralles, Mexican investigative journalist Carmen Aristegui, Sunny Leone, Canadian actress of Indian origin, and NASA engineer Evelyn Miralles.

Russian Foreign Ministry’s sharp-tongued spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, has also made it to the list, along with  outspoken French politician Rachida Dati.

BBC’s list of the world’s most inspirational and influential women for 2016

Alicia KeysUSSinger-songwriter
Aline Mukovi NeemaDR CongoStudent/activist
Amna Suleiman

GazaTeacher/bike protester
Amy RokoSaudi ArabiaComedian
Asel SadyrovaKyrgyzstanArcher
Ashwaq MoharramYemenDoctor
Babs FormanUKMake-up artist
Becci WainUKHealthcare assistant
Carmen AristeguiMexicoJournalist
Carolina de OliveiraSyriaActor/mental health campaigner
Cat HulbertUSProfessional gambler
Chan Yuen-tingHong KongFootball manager
Chanira BajracharyaNepalBusiness student/Former 'living goddess'
Churan ZhengChinaEvents organiser/feminist campaigner
Cindy MestonCanadaProfessor of clinical psychology
Conchi Reyes RiosSpainBullfighter
Corinne Maier

Dalia SabriJordanMusic teacher
Denise HoHong KongSinger/pro-democracy campaigner
Doaa el-AdlEgyptCartoonist
Dwi HandaIndonesiaInstagram star
Egge KandeSenegalCommunity leader
Ellinah Ntombi WamukoyaSwazilandBishop
Erin McKenneyUSStudent, creator of a science programme for young women
Erin SweenyAustraliaPsychologist
Evelyn MirallesVenezuelaComputer engineer
Funke-Bucknor Obruthe

NigeriaWedding planner
Gcina Mhlope

South AfricaAuthor/poet/playwright
Gouri ChindarkarIndiaComputer engineering student
Heather Rabbatts

Heloise Letissier

Ieshia Evans

Isabella Springmuhl Tejada

GuatemalaFashion designer, first fashion designer with Down's Syndrome to take part in London Fashion Week.
Iskra Lawrence

Jamilah Lemieux

USColumnist and editor
Jane Elliott

Janet Ni Shuilleabhain

Jeanette Winterson

Judi Aubel

USSocial entrepreneur
June Eric-Udorie

Karima Baloch

PakistanPolitical activist
Kartika Jahja

Katherine Johnson

USFormer space scientist
Kathy Murray

USRelationship coach
Khadijia Ismailova

Lhakpa Sherpa

Liliane Landor

Liv Little

UKMagazine editor
Lois Strong

Lubna Tahtamouni

JordanBiology professor
Lucy Finch

MalawiPalliative care nurse
Mallika Srinivasan

IndiaCEO of farm equipment company, known as the 'Tractor Queen' of India
Mao Kobayashi

JapanNewsreader, fighting stage 4 breast cancer
Mariana Costa

Marne Levine

USCOO of Instagram
Marta Sanchez Soler

Marta Vieira da Silva

KenyaFull-time mother, survivor of abduction and repeated rape by al-Shabab militants.
Mary Akrami

AfghanistanWomen's shelter director
Megan Beveridge

UKArmy piper
Mercedes Doretti

ArgentinaForensic anthropologist
Morena Herrera

El SalvadorPhilosopher/human rights activist
Nadia Khiari

Nadiya Hussain

Naema Ahmed

PakistanE-commerce start-up manager
Nagira Sabashova

Natalia Ponce de Leon

ColombiaHuman rights activist
Nay el-Rahi

LebanonJournalist/website founder
Neha Singh

IndiaActor/Writer, founded a movement to encourage women to walk the streets in Mumbai to defy harassment.
Omotade Alalade

NigeriaInfertility foundation creator
Ou Xiaobai

ChinaRelocation manager/app developer - Developing an app called iHomo with her partner Yi Zhi.
Pashtun Rahmat

AfghanistanPolice officer
Paula Hawkins

Prathiba Parmar

KenyaFilm maker
Rachida Dati

Rakefet Russak-Aminoach

IsraelBank CEO --- Youngest female CEO to ever head an Israeli bank
Rebecca Walker

Reham el-Hour

Renee Rabinowitz

BelgiumRetired professor/lawyer
Saalumarada Thimmakka

Seyhan Arman

TurkeyTrans activist/actor
Sherin Khankan

DenmarkImam --- Earlier this year opened Denmark's first women-led mosque, in a bid to challenge 'patriarchal structures'.
Shirin Gerami

IranTriathlete --- Iran's first ever female 'Ironwoman' triathlete, she competes in hijab, and has developed her own range of sportswear to inspire other Iranian women to get involved in sport too.
Shriti Vadera

Sian Williams

UKRugby player
Simone Biles

Stephanie Harvey

Stephanie Yim Bell

Sunny Leone

CanadaActor, former porn star who entered mainstream acting in 2013 and has appeared in several Bollywood films.
Traci Houpapa

New ZealandCompany director

Viktoria Modesta

LatviaBionic pop artist
Winnie Harlow

Yasmine Mustafa

KuwaitEntrepreneur ---- CEO of ROAR for Good, which makes self-defence wearable technology.
Yuliya Stepanova

RussiaAthlete --- Gathered undercover evidence of systemic state-sponsored doping in Russia and now lives in secret.
Zoleka Mandela

South AfricaWriter/campaigner
Zulaikha Patel

South AfricaSchoolgirl --- who became a symbol of the fight against the policy in a high school that forced black girls to straighten their hair
Tess Asplund

ColombiaCare worker/protester
Thuli Madonsela

South AfricaAdvocate
Maria Zakharova

RussiaForeign Ministry spokeswoman

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