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In Case You Missed It: 21 kick-ass women who were honoured in the New Years Honours List 2016


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This year’s New Year’s Honours List recognised the achievements of some extraordinary women.

Yep, these 20 kick ass ladies really show off what our nation has to offer.

1 & 2. Karen Carney and Alex Scott, footballers

Karen Carney and Alex Scott
(Neal Simpson/PA)
MBEs for: Services to football.
Kick ass for:
Helping to put women’s football on the map.

3. Nicola Adams, boxer

Nicola Adams
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

OBE for: Services to boxing.
Kick ass for: Being the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing.

4. Vanita Patel, anti-slavery ambassador

MBE for: Charitable services to human rights.
Kick ass for: Her important work in educating people about slavery and making steps to eradicate it from around the world.

5. Susie Wolff, former racing driver

Susie Wolff
(David Davies/PA)
MBE for: Services to women in sport.
Kick ass for: Being the first woman to take part in a F1 race in 22 years at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone back in 2014.

6. Marcia Shakespeare, West Midlands Police volunteer

Marcia Shakespeare
(Rui Vieira/PA)
MBE for: Services to Law and Order.

Kick ass for: Educating young people of the dangers of gun and knife crime and gang involvement after her daughter was killed in a gang attack in Birmingham.

7. Katherine Grainger, rower

Katherine Grainger
(Danny Lawson/PA)
Damehood for: Services to rowing and charity.
Kick ass for: Being the first female Olympian to win five medals at five games.

8 &9. Kate Richardson-Walsh (OBE) and Helen Richardson Walsh (MBE), hockey players

Kate Richardson-Walsh and Helen Richardson Walsh (Rebecca Naden/PA)
(Rebecca Naden/PA)
Honours for: Services to hockey.
Kick ass for: Surprising and exciting us all by taking home Team GB’s first ever women’s Olympic hockey gold medal.

10. Manisha Tailor, academy scout at Brentford Football Club

MBE for: Services to football and diversity in sport.
Kick ass for: Supporting a number of initiatives that use football to tackle racial discrimination. Plus, she’s currently the only Indian woman to work as an academy scout with a professional club.

11. Victoria Beckham, fashion designer

Victoria Beckham
(Ian West/PA)
OBE for: Services to the fashion industry.
Kick ass for: Being low-key hilarious and keeping true to herself by ignoring all the boring criticism about her lack of smiling.

12. Jessica Ennis-Hill, heptathlete

Jessica Ennis-Hill
(Mike Egerton/PA)
Damehood for: Services to athletics.
Kick ass for: Being an all-round inspiring human being.

13. Dr Janice Peters, founder and director of Katalytik Ltd

MBE for: Services to women in engineering and science.
Kick ass for: Supporting and encouraging diversity within the male-dominated areas of engineering and science.

14. Laura Kenny, cyclist

Laura Kenny
(David Davies/PA)
CBE for: Services to cycling.

Kick ass for: Being the most successful female track cyclist in Olympic history – and Britain’s greatest female athlete to boot.

15. Anna Wintour, Vogue editor

Anna Wintour
(Anna Gowthorpe/PA)
Damehood (in Diplomatic Service and Overseas list) for: Services to fashion and journalism.
Kick ass for: Being spirited, strong, and always unequivocally stylish.

16. Ellie Robinson, Swimmer (and BBC Young Sports Personality)

Ellie Robinson
(Andrew Matthews/PA)
MBE for: Services to swimming.
Kick ass for: Claiming a gold medal at the Paralympics at the incredible age of just 15.

17. Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Damehood for: Services to women and equality.
Kick ass for: Pushing for the establishment of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and throwing her backing behind important campaigns such as against LGBT hate crime.

18. Jenny Beavan, costume designer

Jenny Beavan
(Ian West/PA)
CBE for: Services to drama production.
Kick ass for: Rocking up to the Oscars in a black leather jacket and scarf and not giving a toss what anyone thought, especially not Stephen Fry.

19. Naomie Harris, actress

Naomie Harris
(Ian West/PA)
OBE for: Services to drama.
Kick ass for: Speaking out about equality in the film industry and helping to address the lack of diversity in the cinema.

20. Margaret Gibson, former chief executive of Women’s Enterprise Scotland

OBE for: Services to business and entrepreneurship.
Kick ass for: Inspiring young women that they can start up their own businesses, make it to the top and be the best they can be.

21. Sian Massey-Ellis, referee

Sian Massey-Ellis
(Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport)
MBE for: Services to football.

Kick ass for: Proving that she can do her job just fine despite the sexist remarks were made about her by Premier League broadcasters in 2011.

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