Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

50 women who changed the world

Whatever their chosen field - from politics and popstardom to fashion and feminism - women have been leaving their mark on the world since time began. In celebration of these inspiring trailblazers - and to mark International Women's Day this week - we've selected our top 50 females who have affected life as we know it in their own personal way...

Click an image to launch the gallery, and let us know on Twitter or in the comments section below which women on our list you most admire, who you don't - and who we absolutely should not have missed.

By Anna Pollitt. images: Rex Features/Getty Images

Related

openinglinesfromfilms.jpg

100 best opening lines from films

615x_dragon2.jpg

Literature's Feistiest Females

hero2.jpg

50 female pop pioneers

Comments

More

Kate Middleton opens up about motherhood and mental illness

“Your fundamental identity changes overnight.”

by Moya Crockett
24 Mar 2017

Oklahoma lawmaker says rape and incest are ‘the will of God’

Republican was defending a controversial anti-abortion bill

by Georgina Wilkinson
24 Mar 2017

The trailer for Emilia Clarke’s new horror film is utterly terrifying

Even Daenerys might have trouble with this one

by Amy Swales
24 Mar 2017

Emma Thompson reveals Donald Trump once asked her out on a date

Just imagine: Emma Thompson, First Lady of the United States

by Moya Crockett
24 Mar 2017

Kate Winslet recalls being called 'blubber' by school bullies

The Oscar winner had the last laugh

23 Mar 2017

Ryan Gosling explains his reaction to the Oscars Best Picture blunder

He could barely stifle his giggle - but it's not what you think...

by Hayley Spencer
23 Mar 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From January Jones' beauty regime to Emma Roberts' book club

by Nicola Colyer
23 Mar 2017

Brie Larson is playing a very important figure in feminist history

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president, was a fascinating character.

by Moya Crockett
23 Mar 2017

Piers Morgan is finally quitting social media

If only it was forever

by Amy Swales
22 Mar 2017

Louis Theroux on the one documentary he had to abandon

“I would still love to do it. The world’s my oyster.”

by Georgina Wilkinson
22 Mar 2017