Hope Powell – In 2003, Hope Powell became the first woman to be awarded the UEFA Pro license before becoming the England’s Women’s coach in 1998. With her guidance, the team has qualified for three world cups and in 2009 reached the European Championships final. In the 2011 World Cup, the team played some passes, scored some goals and dribbled to a standard that had the same play been performed by Wayne Rooney, he would have been hailed as a sporting genius and received blanket media coverage.
It was once speculated that Powell would become the first women to manage a men’s team – we’d suggest starting with the men’s national side and try to get them all ship shape and into a Championship final.
Clare Balding – Just over a year ago, a columnist in The Sunday Times newspaper “reviewed” Clare’s excellent TV series Britain By Bike by referring to her as a “dyke on a bike.” That very day, Clare joined Twitter to call the journalist a “twat.” When her complaint to the editor received a ridiculous response, she launched a PCC complaint that was rightly upheld and was celebrated by her massive and growing Twitter fanbase.
It is fair to say that prior to this point Clare was known as a sports journalist for the BBC. But, by standing up for anyone who has ever been the subject of homophobic abuse and by revealing herself to be wickedly funny through her Tweets, combined with an increased mainstream television and radio work, a lesbian icon was born. Clare was a Pink List judge last year and therefore not eligible for placement. This year, we’d be upset if she doesn’t make the top 10, yes we might have a little cry about it – judge us if you will.
Susan Calman – Since giving up a law degree to take up comedy full-time, the Calmanator has never looked back. She built her routine up at The Stand venue in Glasgow, where she runs a weekly women’s comedy night, but has quickly progressed to radio and TV work. In particular her performances featuring a mix of self-deprecating comedy, political humour and a fondness for dressing up cats on Radio 4’s News Quiz, have made her a series favourite, leading the show’s host, Sandi Toksvig, to say to us that Calman should be the one to replace her on the show whenever she retires.
Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 16th October and the full list will be announced on Sunday 23rd October. If you haven’t voted yet, you can do so at the website or email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.