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Thatcher, Greer on UK female power list

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Alex Patrikios

Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, has found herself in the unlikely company of Bridget Jones and Beyonce, thanks to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour Power List for 2016.

The late Conservative Party leader headed the annual list's seven-strong field, which was unveiled at a Buckingham Palace reception.

This year, the list coincides with the program's 70th anniversary and sought to celebrate seven women who have made the biggest impact on women's lives since the show's launch in 1946.

A nominee's body of work and its impact on the lives of other women were among the qualities considered by the judging panel which included award-winning screenwriter Abi Morgan, former Woman's Hour editor Jill Burridge and business leader Baroness Karren Brady.

Thatcher, who died in 2013, topped the list for both her positive and negative impacts for women.

"Anyone born in the 80s, and thereafter, grew up thinking it was normal for a woman to run the country," Journalist Emma Barnett said.

"In fact, a whole generation of women's feminism was formed in direct retaliation to her."

Brook Advisory Centres founder, the late Helen Brook, was also honoured for her work on contraception and sexual health, as well as the late Labour MP Barbara Castle, who brought in the Equal Pay Act in 1970.

Australian writer Germaine Greer - whose famous text The Female Eunuch was published in 1970 - was the list's fourth entrant.

Fictional character Bridget Jones, created by Helen Fielding, late Grunwick strike leader Jayaben Desai and US popstar Beyonce were also featured.

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