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3rd September 2012 by Natalie Burns

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In recognition of her tireless duties to crown and country Her Majesty the Queen has been voted as the UK’s most influential woman of the last century, according to a recent Good Housekeeping and Women of the Year survey.

The research, based on a study of more than 2,000 Good Housekeeping readers and friends of Women of the Year, was conducted to discover those women who have pushed the frontiers of human rights, science and politics.

For the last 90 years Good Housekeeping has celebrated women’s achievements and for its October Special Anniversary issue (published today, Monday 3 September) has compiled a list of 50 of the most influential women from the last century.

The Good Housekeeping and Women of the Year top 10 most influential women of the last century are:

1.    The Queen  (59%)
2.    Marie Curie  (57%)
3.    Emmeline Pankhurst (54%)
4.    Mother Teresa  (53%)
5.    Margaret Thatcher  (44%)
6.    Aung San Suu Kyi   (40%)
7.    Diana, Princess of Wales  (35%)
8.    J K Rowling  (32%)
9.    Dame Judi Dench  (31%)
10.    Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson (29%)

Good Housekeeping Editorial Director Lindsay Nicholson says, “Most of us can’t remember a time when The Queen wasn’t leading the country. For 60 years she has been in our lives, yet managed to remain an enigma – poised, graceful and always polite. She is a deserved winner but also congratulations to all 50 inspirational women on our list for dedicating their lives to help change those of others.”

Teresa Graham CBE, Chairman of Women of the Year says, “Women of the Year celebrates the ‘extraordinary’ in real women. Women who are mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers; women from all walks of life, all countries and all professions and a huge variety of jobs. This top ten list of influential women, reflects the rich diversity of women’s achievements. By celebrating and championing exceptional women – both famous and unknown – we will inspire the next generation to go on to fulfil their potential.”

The Women Who Changed Our Lives article is in the October Special Anniversary issue
of Good Housekeeping, on sale Monday 3 September.

Good Housekeeping has been a sponsor of the Women of the Year Lunch for the past decade.


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