The BBC’s 100 Women of 2021 Revealed

The BBC’s 100 Women of 2021 Revealed


The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world in 2021. According to the BBC, this year, they chose to highlight “those who are hitting “reset” – women playing their part to reinvent our society, our culture and our world.” The BBC looked for women who were playing their part to reinvent our world, and those who did not make headlines. 

Women from Afghanistan make up half of the list this year. Many Afghani women have been forced to cope with extraordinary circumstances after the resurgence of the Taliban changed the lived of millions. The list “recognises the scope of their bravery and their achievements as they are forced to reset their lives.”

One of these women is Rehana Popal, an immigration and civil-law specialist, who works to support Afghan Interpreters, translators and others left behind in Afghanistan. She was the first Afghan woman to practise as a barrister in England and Wales, after coming to the United Kingdom at the age of five. Rehana is quoted in the article saying “I hope that in the future, women and girls in Afghanistan can have the freedom to be educated, employed and live without fear.” 

The list also contains five additional categories. These are Culture and Education, Entertainment and Sport, Politics and Activism, and Science and Health. Included in the list are Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Samoa’s first female prime minister Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa, Professor Heidi J Larson, who heads The Vaccine Confidence Project, and acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The list is an incredible celebration of the achievements by women across the world in 2021. In the face of extraordinary adversity these women have risen to the top, often to help those around them.




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Ever since I was a little girl, my dream was to be the best tennis player in the world. Luck has nothing to do with being good at the sport. I have spent many, many hours… countless hours… on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come but believing that it would.

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