The Muslim Women Power List 2009 has been unveiled by the The Equality and Human Rights Commission who partnered up with The Times and Emel magazine to invite entries on behalf of, or from, any Muslim women currently living and working in the UK.
The list was headed by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action and life peer.
The others in the top five were:
Farmida Bi - Banking Partner, Norton Rose LLP
Professor Farida Fortune - CBE Dean for Dentistry and Oral Health, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine
Mishal Husain - BBC News Presenter
Wasfi Kani OBE - Chief Executive, Grange Park Opera
You can see details of the other 50 here
I have to say I don't agree with all of the choices (I don't count Yasmin Alibhai Brown as Muslim to be honest) and I did think others such as Sarah Joseph could have been ranked higher. Despite this I think it's a good start to highlighting what Muslim women can do, challenging stereotypes and engendering some debate about the different roles of Muslim women.
You can read more here:
The Guardian - Muslim Women Power List
The Times - Meet the 13 most powerful Muslim women in Britain
The Times - Baroness Warsi named Britain's most powerful Muslim woman
The Guardian - Standards bearer