By Anita Singh, Arts and Entertainment EditorWoman's Hour Power List 2015: Nicola Sturgeon beats Angelina Jolie to top spot @BBCWomansHour http://t.co/vE810lSgTo pic.twitter.com/LnT2A62X1u— WonderWomen (@TeleWonderWomen) July 1, 2015
Neither Angela Merkel nor Hillary Clinton make the final 10. Instead it is Sturgeon, once dubbed "the most dangerous woman in Britain", who comes out on top in a list full of surprises.
Caitlyn Jenner has been included after her transition to become a woman made international headlines, but stepdaughter Kim Kardashian is nowhere to be seen.
All the women on the list "have an exceptionally large impact on our lives, not just because of their job title but because of their personal ability to influence others", the Woman's Hour panel said.Emma Barnett, Woman's Hour presenter and Telegraph women's editor, chaired the judging panel.
She said: "Of course Nicola Sturgeon has huge power in a traditional sense, as the leader of the SNP. But she also wields a huge amount of influence right now because of the state of both the UK union and the European one.
"Ahead of the in-out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, how she chooses to wield that influence over the public and her fellow political leaders could have potentially huge ramifications for this country. She is the woman of the moment in terms of influence and hard power.”
Anna Wintour, the US Vogue editor-in-chief, is second. "Anna Wintour influences the world in what to wear, how to look, and who to celebrate," the panel said, praising her as a "quiet, dignified presence" and fashion influencer "whose word is almost law".
Third is Angelina Jolie, the actress who has used her celebrity to influence government policy and whose openness about her cancer treatment has had a powerful effect on women's health.
Caitlyn Jenner "trumped all others in the celebrity stakes" when she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair and showed great courage in coming out so publicly, the judges said.
This is the third Woman’s Hour Power List, topped in 2013 by The Queen and last year by the campaigner Doreen Lawrence.
Emma Barnett said: “Those who influence usually have the ear of the traditionally powerful – but are one step removed. Sometimes, as in the case of Nicola Sturgeon, they will be both the power broker and the influencer.
"But most of the women in our list are the key influencers behind the most influential people’s decisions, from Camilla Cavendish whispering policy suggestions into David Cameron’s ear to Sia deciding what tunes Beyonce and Rihanna belt out on their next respective albums.
“Influence is a very difficult power to measure and quantify. Many of the women and men who hold all sorts of influence won’t be known to the public (or to us the judges) – and deliberately so.
"This wasn’t an easy list to create, but it does capture 10 of the women really pulling the strings and making us think or behave differently in today’s Britain. From running the country to how we think about gender identity, more and more women are in the driving seat.”
The judging panel featured Helena Kennedy QC, Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney, Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine and Whistles chief executive Jane Shepherdson.
Top 10 Influencers
1. Nicola Sturgeon – leader of the SNP"She is the woman of the moment in terms of influence and hard power."
2. Anna Wintour – editor-in-chief of American Vogue"Anna Wintour influences the world in what to wear, how to look, and who to celebrate. Like the captain of any other industry, Wintour’s word is almost law."
3. Angelina Jolie – actor, director and humanitarian ambassadorUNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
“She has influenced government policy here and elsewhere in the world to recognise rape and violence against women as a war crime. William Hague persuaded the government to put up £1m to start a centre dedicated to the study of women, violence and conflict at LSE. Many of us had been trying for years to get money out of government for that one thing – now that’s influence.”
4. Kath Viner – editor of The Guardian“The newly appointed editor of one of the UK’s broadsheets can’t be anything other than influential. She is also, of course, the first female editor of the broadsheet in its 194-year history.”
5. Camilla Cavendish – director of Downing Street Policy Unit“Newly appointed as the head of the Policy Unit at No 10, Camilla will be responsible for shaping the next five years of government. Her ideas and opinions will influence not just the Prime Minister, but all government departments and by extension everyone in the UK."
6. Sia – singer, songwriter and music video directorSia performing
“It is a secret to most how much of a part of the pop music eco-system Sia actually is... all the while remaining faceless in an industry so much based on, well, face.”
7. Caitlyn Jenner – high profile trans womanCaitlyn Jenner
"When we initially debated this list, many of us felt that Kim Kardashian would have to appear somewhere – not because any of us felt any particular admiration for the woman, but simply because her influence on millions of women worldwide is undeniable. But then the Caitlyn Jenner story broke and... she trumped all others in the celebrity stakes, not just because of immediacy and the amount of coverage her transformation received but also because of her courage in coming forward as a transgender person in such a public way."
8. Karen Blackett, CEO, MediaCom UK“When we discussed the undeniable influence of advertising and bought media on our everyday lives, we wanted to find a woman who operates at the heart of this world, working with global companies to help them shape their identity and get their messages across to consumers. Karen Blackett is this woman – a true powerhouse."
9. Zanny Minton Beddoes – editor-in-chief of The Economist“As editor of The Economist, and as a widely read economic analyst, Zanny Minton Beddoes influences politicians, policy makers and other movers and shakers around the world on financial matters. She is a high level opinion former who is below most radar.”
10. Sara Khan – co-founder of InspireSara Khan
“Sara Khan through her counter terrorism work in schools and communities is influencing young people and women to stand up to extremist ideologies. She co-founded Inspire, a not for profit organisation which seeks to empower women to redress what she says is the gender imbalance within the UK’s Muslim community and stand up for what’s right for them and their children. While not everyone might agree with this approach, she is having an impact in one of the most important battlegrounds of the 21st century.”
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon beats Angelina Jolie to top Woman's Hour power list http://t.co/ngAxRfcVVk pic.twitter.com/To5MBr9Zhg— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) July 1, 2015