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10th July 2011 by Natalie Burns

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Women of the Year recognises women from all walks of life and over the years we have celebrated the achievements of many extraordinary women, below are just a few:

Lady Annabelle Bond – Mountaineer

In May 2005 smashed the world record for scaling the highest peaks on each of the planet’s seven continents. Raised more than £850k for Eve Appeal, a charity funding research into gynaecological cancers, after a close friend died of ovarian cancer.

Ms Eliza Burnett – Poker Player

A semi professional poker player. Qualified for a seat in PartyPoker.com Million IV in March 2005, she beat about 250 players and stayed until top third – only woman! 25 yrs old

Ms Andrea Cordani – Maritime Researcher

As part of an underwater expedition to seabed in S Atlantic, Andrea descended in a Russian Mir submersible to a depth of 5025m (3miles) – very few people have achieved this and Andrea was the first woman to submerse to this depth! It takes 3 hrs to fall to the seabed in a tiny sphere!

Mrs Marguerite Garden

At the age of 14, living in France during the war, Marguerite’s parents were killed and she continued their work in the French Resistance helping British airman escape. At a ceremony in Paris in 2003, she was awarded the Legion d’Honneur. Marguerite married and settled in Scotland.

Caroline Hamilton – Expeditionary

Member of the first all women team to walk to the South Pole and was the leader of the 1st all woman expedition to the North Pole.

Birdie McDonald – Foster carer

Has fostered over 700 children! Winner of an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2003 and awarded an MBE for her services to children in 2006.

Katy Cropper – Shepherdess

A shepherdess & sheepdog trainer. Katy was the only woman to win ‘One man and his Dog’ competition.

Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS – Astrophysicist

Visiting Professor in Astrophysics, Oxford; broadcaster & speaker, spokeswoman, representative, promoter of women in Science. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society – very few women are given this honour. Discovered pulsars, for which her supervision was awarded a Nobel Prize in the 70s. Awarded a damehood for her services to Science.


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