BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Speaks: Nicola Sturgeon Rated Top Of World’s Most Influential Women


Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who was labelled “the most dangerous woman in Britain” during the general election has topped a list of the world’s most influential women complied by Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Sturgeon, apparently, wields huge influence in the ongoing negotiations about the future of the UK and EU: “How she chooses to wield that influence over the public and her fellow political leaders could have potentially huge ramifications for this country,” the judges declared.

Angelina Jolie came third. The judges chose the actress “for the ‘Angelina effect’ – the impact that her decision to go public with her health choices had on women around the world – as well as her humanitarian work,” they said.

Caitlyn Jenner, who is not actually a biological woman and has only presented as such for a few weeks, came fifth. The Times journalist, Question Time regular and adviser to David Cameron, Camilla Cavendish, came seventh. Kath Viner, the new editor of the Guardian, has shot to number four.

 See the list below:

  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. Kath Viner – editor of 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 – co-founder of Inspire