The Queen tops the list of most iconic women of the past 60 years


It’s official, she outranks them all! The Queen tops the list of most iconic women of the past 60 years, followed by Princess Diana, Mother Teresa and Greta Thunberg

  • Poll of over 2000 Brits saw Queen crowned most iconic woman of past 60 years
  • The likes of Princess Diana, Mother Teresa and Oprah Winfrey made the list
  • The Spice Girls were a surprise collective entry, alongside Greta Thunberg 

Queen Elizabeth II has been crowned the most iconic woman of the past 60 years.

The late monarch was the clear winner of a poll which asked more than 2,000 Brits to vote for their top female role models.

Her daughter-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales came in second place, while Catholic nun Mother Teresa was in third. 

Other notable figures who made the top ten were US civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks and talk show host Oprah Winfrey. 

More than three quarters (27 per cent) of Brits voted for the Queen as their number one choice

File photo dated 27/5/1997 of Diana, Princess of Wales

Religious sister Mother Teresa of Calcutta in India

The Queen’s Her daughter-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales (L) came in second place, while Catholic nun Mother Teresa (R) was in third

American Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks came in fourth place

American Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks came in fourth place

Greta Thunberg speaks to the crowd from the main Pyramid Stage at the 2022 Glastonbury Festival

There were also some younger role models in the line up including climate activist Greta Thunberg, 19, who sat in fifth place

Top ten iconic women of the past 60 years 

1. The Queen – 27%

2. Diana, Princess of Wales – 6%

3. Mother Teresa – 5%

4. Rosa Parks – 4%

5. Greta Thunberg – 3%

6. Dolly Parton – 2%

7. Emma Raducanu – 2%

8. The Spice Girls – 2%

9. Oprah Winfrey – 2%

10. Malala Yousafzai – 2% 

More than three quarters (27 per cent) of Brits voted for the Queen as their number one choice.

The Spice Girls constituted a surprise collective entry on the list, beating out the likes of Michelle Obama and Beyonce to make the top ten.

There were also some younger role models in the line up including climate activist Greta Thunberg and tennis star Emma Raducanu, both 19, accompanied by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, 25.

Joanne Ward, a spokesperson for beauty brand Fenjal who ran the poll, said: ‘Queen Elizabeth II held the nation’s heart for 70 years.

‘It seems very fitting and a touching tribute that the UK has voted her their most iconic woman.’

The poll also asked respondents what they believed to be the most iconic moments of the past 60 years.

A staggering 42 per cent of participants voted for the 1969 Moon Landing as their stand-out event.

Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech came in second place (28 per cent) with Barack Obama’s inauguration as the first Black US President following closely behind in third (27 per cent). 

Country star Dolly Parton came in sixth place

Country star Dolly Parton came in sixth place

Tennis star Emma Raducanu was among the youngest women to be featured on the list at 19. She came in seventh place

Tennis star Emma Raducanu was among the youngest women to be featured on the list at 19. She came in seventh place

The Spice Girls were perhaps surprise entrants on the list, beating out the likes of Michelle Obama and Beyonce to make the top ten in eighth place

The Spice Girls were perhaps surprise entrants on the list, beating out the likes of Michelle Obama and Beyonce to make the top ten in eighth place

Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of Apple TV +'s "Sidney" at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on September 21, 2022

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai arrives for the Variety Power of Women event at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California

The top 10 list was rounded out by talk show host Oprah Winfrey (L) and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai (R)

Twice as many 55–64-year-olds voted for the 1969 Moon Landing as their most iconic moment than 18-24-year-olds.

Younger respondents chose the first baby conceived using IVF as their number one historical moment (44 per cent). 

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