Inspiration

From Jameela Jamil to Shaparak Shajarizadeh, the BBC interviews 100 remarkable women

Jameela Jamil appears on a panel for 'The Good Place' during an NBC press tour in Los Angeles, on August 2, 2016. (REUTERS/Phil McCarten)

Short on inspiration? In need of a boost to carry you over the 2018 finish line? You’re in luck, as the latest “BBC 100 Women” launches, kicking off of three weeks of interviews with influential and inspiring subjects. This year’s list features women ages 15 to 94, from more than 60 countries and engaged in a wide range of professions — from politics, science and business to the arts and community work.

Actor and fearless feminist activist Jameela Jamil makes this year’s list, alongside body positivity role model Svetlana Alekseeva — a model who survived a fire that burned almost half her body. Also included is Iranian Shaparak Shajarizadeh, who was slapped with a two-year prison sentence and 18 years of probation after removing her hijab in public; recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Frances Arnold; world-renowned author Isabel Allende, who appeared recently on the Women in the World stage and was interviewed by CEO Tina Brown; and Chidera Eggerue, the bestselling author and activist behind the social media movement #saggyboobsmatter.

Read more, including the first 20 women on the list, at The Independent and the BBC.

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