As chief executive of the world’s first football club to pay its female players the same as its men, former footballer Maggie leads a club that isn’t afraid to make a stand on gender equality. Under her guidance, Lewes FC also bans gambling adverts, campaigns for equal prize money and is owned by its fans.
After finding her gender and ethnicity held her back in her career as an Architect, Sumita launched the equality forum Architects for Change to help others experiencing similar negativity. She also set up the charity Charushila to support sustainable development in troubled countries and runs her own design practice, Ecologic.
After reading about girls missing school because they couldn’t afford to buy period products, Amika started up the Free Periods Movement - which has seen the UK government start funding tampons and sanitary towels in every state school and college in the country.
The moment Chinese scientists published details of a new Coronavirus, vaccinologist Dame Sarah and her team got on with creating the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine. Rolling it out in less than 12 months and supplying more than two billion doses on a not-for-profit basis around the world.
Since directing her famous words “you have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words” at world leaders as a 16-year-old, the Swedish teenager has become one of the world’s most influential environmental activists.
If deputising for Rachel Riley on Countdown isn’t enough proof of brains, Anne-Marie also passed two GCSEs in primary school and A-level Computing aged 11. After holding positions at a number of world-leading firms, she set up social enterprise Stemettes to inspire more girls to pursue careers in the science and technology industries.
Passionate about sustainability, Menswear Designer Priya crafts her creations from locally-sourced vintage garments and rejected fabric. The London-based designer has spoken out about the lack of designers of colour in fashion shows and how her Indian-Nigerian heritage inspires her creativity.
After joining Jewish Women’s Aid 20 years ago, she’s worked her way up to be the charity’s chief executive - supporting and educating countless Jewish women and families affected by domestic violence along the way.
After breaking into the male-dominated UK rap industry, she scooped the Best New Artist award at last month’s Brits. Little Simz grew up on an Islington council estate, and her hit song “Woman” celebrates the women around the world who inspire her.
Her professional network The Dots is dubbed “the LinkedIn for the creative industry” and connects job-juggling creatives with work opportunities through projects rather than CVs. She did not let her dyslexia or the sexism she has experienced hold her back in the male-heavy tech industry.