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Sturgeon named the most influential woman in the world

By Kerr-Ann Roper

Published 02/07/2015

Poll topper: Nicola Sturgeon
Poll topper: Nicola Sturgeon

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has beaten the likes of Angelina Jolie and Caitlyn Jenner in a Woman's Hour power list.

BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour will reveal its top 10 list of influencers in a special programme hosted by Jane Garvey and Jenni Murray.

Ms Sturgeon came top following her "party's extraordinary performance in the recent Westminster election", despite her not being a candidate.

Angelina Jolie comes third on the list, and was named for her brave decision to share her health stories with women around the world.

In May 2013 Jolie announced she'd had a double mastectomy and then in March this year she announced she had had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Jolie lost her mother in 2007 to ovarian cancer.

The judging panel was chaired by broadcaster Emma Barnett who said: "Those who influence usually have the ear of the traditionally powerful. Sometimes, as with Nicola Sturgeon, they will be both the power broker and the influencer."

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue was second in the list, with Kath Viner, the editor of The Guardian, in fourth. Camilla Cavendish, director of Downing Street Policy Unit, and singer, songwriter and music video director, Sia completed the top six. Trans woman Jenner was seventh.

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