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Not a single pop star or supermodel made the top 10, when YouGov and AOL UK asked people to rank the most influential woman. Topping the list was Margaret Thatcher; Thatcher attracted 31% of the votes, beating popular talk show host Oprah Winfrey (14 %), Michelle Obama (13 %), and fashion model Kate Moss – who got just 1%.
“While those surveyed voted Thatcher as the most influential woman, only 2% wanted to swap lives with her. When asked who they would most like to be, 26% of women chose Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Asked to choose words that described what made women influential, 62% cited commitment, which was the most popular answer, just ahead of hard-working (60%). Intelligence was next, chosen by 46% of respondents, with prettiness cited by just 2%.”
Full story from The Guardian here.
The top 10 women:
Margaret Thatcher (32%)
Florence Nightingale (26%)
Mother Teresa (25%)
The Queen (24%)
Oprah Winfrey (14%)
Michelle Obama/JK Rowling (13%)
Joanna Lumley (12%)
Anne Frank (11%)
Condoleezza Rice (9%)
Anita Roddick/Germaine Greer (8%)