Caitlyn Jenner has joined Angelina Jolie, Sia and Anna Wintour on the Woman’s Hour Power List of top 10 influencers.
At the top of this list, which identifies woman who have had “exceptionally large impact”, is topped by Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon. Caitlyn Jenner, who transitioned back in early June, finds herself at a respectable number seven.
Caitlyn is being honored because of how her experience of being a trans woman to a global audience. Say what you like about the Kadarshian’s and their family, but Caitlyn’s very public transition and the level of support she has received, has undoubtedly been a huge help to the transgender community.
Woman’s Hour Power List 2015 – Top 10 influencers
1. Nicola Sturgeon – leader of the SNP
2. Anna Wintour – editor-in-chief of American Vogue
3. Angelina Jolie – actor, director and humanitarian ambassador
4. Katharine Viner – editor of The Guardian
5. Camilla Cavendish – director of Downing Street Policy Unit
6. Sia – singer, songwriter and music video director
7. Caitlyn Jenner – high profile trans woman
8. Karen Blackett, CEO, MediaCom UK
9. Zanny Minton Beddoes – editor-in-chief of The Economist
10. Sara Khan – co-founder of Inspire
The Daily Mail columnist and judge Sarah Vine, spoke about Caitlyn’s inclusion to the list: “Initially… 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 I in particular felt that she trumped all others in the celebrity stakes.”
“I understand why someone like Jenner might make people feel uncomfortable; but she is a human being like the rest of us and should not be denied the same rights – or indeed respect – as those who live more conventional lives. As to her influence, it can only be to the good if a wider audience can learn to understand her experience.”