50 of the world’s most admired female figures
We recently asked our readers to nominate their most admired female figures, past and present – and as usual they did not disappoint. From scientists to war heroes, activists, Nobel Prize-winners, entertainers, leaders and more, these are just a few of the most beloved and inspirational women in the world – who lead by example and have motivated countless people to strive for better in their everyday lives.
“With her unique combination of vulnerability and power, Princess Diana was a movie star who didn’t have to appear in a movie, as her whole life WAS a movie. She became the patron saint of victims, the sick, the discriminated and the homeless. All ethnic, sexual and social outsiders of one type or another identified with her.” – Peggy Anderson
“Princess Diana always held her head high and proud and stood by what she was passionate about. She was the People’s Princess for a reason.” – Jayne Jeacocke
“Princess Diana is a woman I admire. A woman who had gone into a marriage where it may have been doomed from the beginning. A person who was known and loved the world over.” – Shelley Garebarski
To dive deeper, check out these 12 “facts” about Princess Diana that just aren’t true.
“Oprah Winfrey, an empathetic, street-smart woman who brings an unmatched range of people and information into people’s lives. From pop-culture icons to unknown activists from half a world away, from childhood abuse survivors, Oprah defeated poverty, bias and self-doubt by taking orders from no-one and talking to all, as equals.” – Frances Ferguson
“Oprah, because she genuinely cares about people and our world.” –Ann Burden-Smith
“Oprah Winfrey, for embracing life to the fullest regardless of race, gender, generation, opinion or belief.” – Margaret Moore
“’Turn your wounds to Wisdom’… in one sentence, Oprah Winfrey inspires minds and changes lives!” – Amanda Gorton
“Cliché, but Oprah. To come from such a background, to be so driven, so intelligent, so charismatic, so simply amazing, I find her energy, her passion, everything about her admirable and inspiring.” – Julie Vulin