BBC 100 Women 2016 List: Sunny Leone and 4 Indian women in inspirational and influential list
35-year-old Canadian American Bollywood actor Sunny Leone made it to this year’s top 100 influential and inspirational women’s list from the BBC. Leone was last seen as a special guest entering Bigg Boss TV show as a special guest in the show’s 7th edition.
The list also includes four Indian women:
Chennai’s Mallika Srinivasan who is known as the “Tractor Queen” of India is on the list. The 57-year-old CEO of Tractor and Farm Equipment (TAFE) company has made her family business into the third largest tractor manufacturer in the world. Mallika, who is married to TVS Motor Chairman Venu Srinivasan is a woman with several accolades from Forbes Asia, E&Y, Fortune India, NDTV Profit and others for her entrepreneurship.
Karnataka’s most influential and inspirational woman Saalumarada Thimmakka is 105-years but is a keen environmentalist. She has planted more than 8,000 trees in 80 years, notes the BBC. She began planting trees in response to social harassment after not being able to have children, the British broadcaster adds on her biography.
Thimmakka has planted and tended to 384 banyan trees along a four-kilometre stretch of highway between Hulikal and Kudur and was honoured by the Indian government
Sangli’s 20-year-old computer engineering student Gouri Chindarkar is one of the youngest in the list and is honoured for her passion for learning. Gouri is one of the first children in India to experience a unique learning experience now known as 'School in the Cloud.'
Mumbai-born actor and writer Neha Singh also made it to the list this year. She is considered inspirational for founding a movement to encourage women to walk the streets in Mumbai to defy harassment and is a blogger at “Why Loitre”.
Here is the full list of BBC top 100 Influential and Inspirational Women's list for 2016
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