The Woman's Hour 2014 Power List was revealed yesterday in a special programme presented by Jane Garvey and Jenni Murray, and Marie Claire had a front row seat to the action at BBC Radio Theatre. Here's everything you need to know about the 10 inspiring game-changers who were recognised this year.
1. Doreen Lawrence, OBE
The social activist founded Magic Breakfast in 2004, a charity that has since delivered more than 6 million breakfasts to children from low-income families at more than 200 primary schools in the UK.
5. Julie Bentley
Julie Bentley has been chief executive of Girlguiding (The Girl Guide Association) since 2012, and has really modernised the organisation, rebranding it as “feminist” and dropping its allegiance to God and country.
6. Leyla Hussein and Nimco Ali
The anti-FGM campaigners co-founded Daughters of Eve, a non-profit organisation that works to protect the rights of young girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation. They both tirelessly campaign to end the practice.
7. Dido Harding
The chief executive of the TalkTalk Group has urged the government to act on internet pornography and suicide sites, and supported moves to introduce porn filtering in broadband packages,
8. Francesca Martinez
The comedian, actress and cerebral palsy sufferer campaigned to secure a milestone parliamentary debate last year on welfare reform and its impact on disabled people.