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Nicola Sturgeon, Angelina Jolie and Caitlin Jenner top BBC Woman's Hour's power list

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Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish National Party leader, has been ranked the most influential female in Britain alongside Angelina Jolie, Anna Wintour and Caitlyn Jenner on the BBC Woman's Hour Power List.

The politician who is the only woman to hold the post of First Minister of Scotland and whose popularity soared after going up against David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg in the general election debates, was credited for her "huge amount of influence right now because of the state of the UK Union and the European Union," by judging panel chair Emma Barnett. 

Editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, came in at number two on the list compiled by the Radio 4 programme, for her ability to "influence the world in what to wear, how to look, and who to celebrate”.

At number three, Hollywood star Angelina Jolie was celebrated for her work as Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency and for drawing attention to women's healthy issues by speaking publicly about her decision to have a double mastectomy in 2013 and have her ovaries removed in March this year.

Caitlyn Jenner, who came out as a trans woman on the cover of Vanity Fair last month was applauded for breaking barriers. Journalist and member of the judging panel Sarah Vine said, "It can only be to the good if a wider audience can learn to understand her experience”. 

Take a look at the top ten influential women below.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon

The Woman's Hour power list

  1. Nicola Sturgeon, Leader of the SNP
     
  2. Anna Wintour, Editor-in-chief of American Vogue
     
  3. Angelina Jolie, Actor, director and humanitarian ambassador
     
  4. Katharine Viner, Editor-in-chief, The Guardian
     
  5. Camilla Cavendish, Director of Downing Street policy unit
     
  6. Sia, Singer, songwriter and music video director
     
  7. Caitlyn Jenner, High profile trans woman
     
  8. Karen Blackett, CEO, MediaCom UK
     
  9. Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-chief of The Economist
     
  10. Sara Khan, Director and co-founder of Inspire

Find out more about these incredible women at bbc.co.uk.

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