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A little while ago, we at Look Fabulous Forever decided we'd like to do something a bit different to celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March...

We wanted, with your help, to create a list of 60 women over the age of 60 who are still making an important contribution to society, either publicly in their field of expertise or in their local community. A list that would be inspirational not only to older women, but to younger women who may feel life becomes less interesting and fulfilling as we age 

We decided to focus on those over 60 as there are already plenty of lists that include women over 50, but none as far as we know, that only include women over 60 which used to be the traditional retirement age.  

These women could be well known, for example Prue Leith or Margaret Atwood, but we also wanted the list to go into areas including science, law, medicine, sport, music, academia and politics. 

We asked the incredible Look Fabulous Forever Community to nominate who ever they wanted to and over 150 women were suggested.

Over the past week, over 850 of you have been voting for the top 60 - and here they are!

1. Queen Elizabeth II

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Category - Other

She needs no introduction! HRH The Queen has been on the throne for nearly 69 years making her the longest serving British monarch in history.

2. Dame Judi Dench

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Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

British actress who has starred in many, many acclaimed theatre productions, TV series and major Hollywood films. Her most well-known roles include Mrs Brown, Philomena and M in Skyfall.

3. Baronness Betty Boothroyd

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Category - Business, Politics & Law

British politician who served as the Member of Parliament for West Bromwich and West Bromwich West from 1973 to 2000. From 1992 to 2000, she served as Speaker of the House of Commons. She is the only woman to have served as Speaker.

4. Dame Jane Goodall

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Category - Medicine & Science

English primatologist and anthropologist who has dedicated her life to protecting chimpanzees in the wild as well as championing conservation

5. Dame Esther Rantzen

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80

Category - Arts (Writers, Journalists & Broadcasting)

English journalist and television presenter, who presented the BBC television series That's Life! for 21 years, from 1973 until 1994. She works with various charitable causes, and founded the charities ChildLine, promoting child protection, which she set up in 1986, and The Silver Line, designed to combat loneliness in older people's lives, which she set up in November 2012

6. Dolly Parton

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Category - Arts (Music, Art and Fashion)

Legendary star of country music famous for many, many hits including 9 to 5 and Jolene

7. Dame Mary Beard 

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Category - Education & Charity

Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Newnham College, and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature. Presenter of numerous TV and radio programmes and author of several books including Woman and Power, and SPRR: A History of Ancient Rome

8. Joanna Lumley OBE 

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74

Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

British actress, presenter, former model, author, television producer, and activist best known for her roles as Purdey in The Avengenrs and Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous

9. Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin MBE

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Category - Other

British Anglican bishop, who has been suffragan Bishop of Dover since 2019: she is the first black woman to become a Church of England bishop

10. Princess Anne

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Category - Education & Charity

The Princess Royal holds patronage within over 300 organisations, including WISE, Riders for Health, and Carers Trust. Her charity work revolves around sport, sciences, people with disabilities, and health in developing countries. She has been associated with Save the Children for over fifty years

11. Dame Julie Walters

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70

Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

English actress, comedian, and author. She is the recipient of four British Academy Television Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, two International Emmy Awards, a BAFTA Fellowship, and a Golden Globe

12. Prue Leith CBE

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Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

British-South African restaurateur, chef, caterer, television presenter/broadcaster, businesswoman, journalist, cookery writer and novelist. Most recently presenter of The Great British Bake Off

13. Carol Klein

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Category - Other

English gardening expert, who also works as a television presenter and newspaper columnist

14. Meryl Streep

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Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

American actress and singer. Often described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her versatility and accents. Her most well-known films include Out of Africa, The Devil Wears Prada and Mamma Mia!. She has won three Oscars and nine Golden Globes

15. Caroline Lucas MP

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Category - Business, Politics & Law

British politician who has twice led the Green Party of England and Wales and has been the Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion since the 2010 general election. She was re-elected in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 general elections, increasing her majority each time

16. Baroness Doreen Lawrence

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Category - Business, Politics & Law

British Jamaican campaigner and the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a black British teenager who was murdered in an attack in South East London in 1993. She promoted reforms of the police service and founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

17. Dame Lesley Lawson (Twiggy) 

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Category - Arts (Music, Art and Fashion)

English model, actress, and singer, she was a British cultural icon and a prominent teenage model during the Swinging Sixties in London. Since then she has gone on to front campaigns for Marks & Spencer and most recently started her own podcast Tea with Twiggy

18. Sandi Tosvig 

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Category - Arts (Writers, Journalists & Broadcasting)

British-Danish writer, comedian, broadcaster, actor, podcaster, and producer on British radio, stage, and television. She is also a political activist, having co-founded the Women's Equality Party in 2015. She has written plays, novels, and books for children.

19. Dame Joan Bakewell 

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Category - Arts (Writers, Journalists & Broadcasting)

English journalist, television presenter and Labour Party peer. Baroness Bakewell is President of Birkbeck, University of London; she is also an author and playwright, and has been awarded Humanist of the year for services to humanism.

20. Dame Hilary Mantel 

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Category - Arts (Writers, Journalists & Broadcasting)

English writer whose work includes historical fiction, personal memoirs and short stories. She has won the Booker Prize twice for Wolf Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies

21. Oprah Winfrey 

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Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist

22. Professor Wendy Savage 

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Category - Medicine & Science

British gynaecologist, and advocate and campaigner of women's rights in childbirth and fertility. Professor Savage read medicine at Girton College, Cambridge. She qualified in 1960, and was the first woman consultant to be appointed in obstetrics and gynaecology at The London Hospital

23. Angela Merkel

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Category - Business, Politics & Law

Leader of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany and German Chancellor since 2005

24. Lady Mary Peters

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Category - Sport

Northern Ireland's most successful athlete, she won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich in the pentathlon

25. Duchess of Cornwall

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Category - Education & Charity

Wife of Price of Wales, charity patron and since 1994, has taken action on osteoporosis, earning honours and awards. She has also raised awareness in areas including rape and sexual abuse, literacy, animal welfare and poverty

26. Dr Jenny Harries OBE

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Category - Medicine & Science

Public health physician who has been the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England since June 2019

27. Dame Mary Berry 

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Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

85, food and cookery expert, author of over 80 cookery books, presenter of Great British Bake Off and most recently Celebrity Best Home Cook

28. Edith Egers 

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Category - Medicine & Science

Born to Hungarian Jewish parents, Edith Egers is a psychologist practicing in the United States. She is a Holocaust survivor and a specialist in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Her memoirs entitled The Choice - Embrace the Possible, published in 2017, became an international bestseller

29. Annie Lennox OBE 

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Category - Arts (Music, Art and Fashion)

Scottish singer song-writer with a long solo career following her partnership with Dave Stewart in the Eurythmics

30. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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Category - Medicine & Science

Astrophysicist from Northern Ireland who, as a postgraduate student, discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967. She was credited with "one of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th century"

31. Baroness Shirley Williams

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Category - Business, Politics & Law

British Liberal Democrat politician and academic who served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection from 1974 to 1976 and Secretary of State for Education and Science and Paymaster General from 1976 to 1979. Originally a Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP), she was one of the 'Gang of Four' rebels who founded the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981.

32. Dame Shirley Bassey 

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Category - Arts (Music, Art and Fashion)

Welsh singer, whose career began in 1953, well known for her expressive voice and for recording the soundtrack theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker. In January 1959, Bassey became the first Welsh person to gain a No. 1 single

33. Carole King

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Category - Arts (Music, Art and Fashion)

US singer song writer famous for hits including Will You Love Me Tomorrow and You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman)

34. Jane Scullion 

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Category - Medicine & Science

One of the first ever nurse consultants in the UK and has fought and spoken on behalf of people with severe lung disease. She now runs a Covid survivors clinic for those patients who have developed "long Covid" and who are struggling

35. Germaine Greer 

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Category - Education & Charity

Australian writer and public intellectual, regarded as one of the major voices of the radical feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th century

36. Jayne Torville OBE

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Category - Sport

English professional ice dancer and former competitor. With Christopher Dean, she won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics, becoming one of the oldest figure skating Olympic medalists

37. CBE Delia Smith 

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Category - Arts (Writers, Journalists & Broadcasting)

British cooking legend and owner of Norwich FC

38. Alison Steadman OBE

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Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

British actress famous for roles in Gavin & Stacey, Abigail's Party and many more

39. Bunny Guinness 

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Category - Other

Chartered landscape architect, journalist and radio personality who is a regular panellist on the long running BBC Radio 4 programme, Gardener's Question Time. She also writes a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph

40. Angela Rippon CBE

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Category - Arts (Writers, Journalists & Broadcasting)

Journalist, newsreader, writer and TV presenter currently seen in Rip Off Britain and The One Show

41. Dame Maggie Smith 

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86

Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

British actress well known for roles on TV including Downton Abbey and many film roles including Lady with The Van, Gosford Park and Room with a View

42. Dame Jenni Murray

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Category - Arts (Writers, Journalists & Broadcasting)

English journalist, author and broadcaster, best known for presenting BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour between 1987 and 2020

43. Theresa May MP 

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Category - Business, Politics & Law

Lady May is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019. May served as Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016 in the Cameron government and has been Member of Parliament for Maidenhead in Berkshire since 1997

44. Tina Turner

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Category - Arts (Music, Art and Fashion)

American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Known as the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll", she rose to prominence as the front woman of The Ike & Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer

45. Billie Jean King

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77

Category - Sport

US tennis player, winner of 39 grand slam titles and campaigner for social justice and equal rights

46. Zandra Rhodes CBE

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Category - Arts (Music, Art and Fashion)

English fashion designer known for her distinctive personal style, Rhodes was one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s.

47. Baroness Floella Benjamin

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71

Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

Trinidadian-British actress, author, television presenter, singer, businesswoman and politician. She was named as one of the most influential people in the UK of African/African-Caribbean descent in the UK. She is now in the House of Lords and speaks on children‚ education, a personal passion.

48. Sue Barker OBE

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Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

English television presenter and former professional tennis player. During her tennis career, she won fifteen WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title at the 1976 French Open. She reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3, She currently presents A Question of Sport and the BBC's coverage of live tennis events.

49. Dame Helen Mirren

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75

Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

Award-winning British actress, star of stage and screen who has starred in numerous TV series such as Prime Suspect and major Hollywood films including Calendar Girls, The Queen and The Good Liar

50. Dame Cressida Dick

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Category - Business, Politics & Law

British senior police officer who in 2017 was appointed Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service in London

51. Lorraine Kelly CBE

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Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

She has presented various television shows for ITV including GMTV, This Morning, Daybreak, Good Morning Britain, The Sun Military Awards, STV Children's Appeal and her eponymous programme Lorraine

52. Sister Madonna Buder

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Category - Sport

AKA the Iron Nun, she is a Roman Catholic religious sister and Senior Olympian triathlete. Buder has the current world record for the oldest woman to ever finish an Ironman Triathlon, which she obtained at age 82 by finishing the Subaru Ironman Canada on August 26, 2012

43. Harriet Harman QC MP 

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70

Category - Business, Politics & Law

British politician and solicitor who has served as Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham, formerly Peckham, since 1982. A member of the Labour Party, she has served in various Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet positions

54. Anne Reid MBE 

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Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

British actress well known for her roles in Dinner Ladies and Last Tango in Halifax

55. Dame Vivienne Westwood 

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Category - Arts (Music, Art and Fashion)

English fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. Westwood came to public notice when she made clothes for Malcolm McLaren's boutique in the King's Road, which became known as SEX. She continues to design and shows her collections at London Fashion Week

56. Dame Jacqueline Wilson

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Category - Arts (Writers, Journalists & Broadcasting)

English best-selling children's author whose novels are been notable for featuring controversial themes such as adoption and divorce without alienating her large readership

57. Baroness Helena Kennedy

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Category - Business, Politics & Law

Scottish barrister, broadcaster, and Labour member of the House of Lords

58. Chi Chi Nwanoku OBE 

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Category - Arts (Music, Art and Fashion)

British double bass player and professor of Historical Double Bass Studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Nwanoku was a founder member and principal bassist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a position she held for 30 years

59. Margaret Atwood 

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Category - Arts (Writers, Journalists & Broadcasting)

Canadian author, poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, teacher, environmental activist, and inventor. Her best known works include The Blind Assassin, the Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments for which she won the Booker Prize for the second time in 2020

60. Dame Sheila Hancock

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87

Category - Arts (Film, Television & Theatre)

British actress and author who has appeared in many West End theatre productions including Annie, Cabaret and Sister Act, as well as numerous TV series. She has also regularly appeared on panel game shows including Just a Minute, Have I Got News For You and Grumpy Old Women