Jacinda Ardern absent from BBC's Top 100 Women list

Jacinda Ardern may have been a favourite to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but she's been left out of the BBC's Top 100 Women list.

The annual compilation has been released and features some predictable entries including teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

But the Prime Minister failed to make the cut, despite being recognised by similar prestigious lists for her leadership in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack. 

She placed second in Fortune Magazine's World's Greatest Leaders list one month after the Christchurch terror attack, and made her second appearance in Time's 100 Most Influential People the same month.

Ardern was also included in last year's Forbes list of most powerful women.

The BBC's 100 Women list was chosen from a shortlist of candidates who had influenced important stories during the last year, "as well as those who have inspiring stories to tell, achieved something significant or influenced their societies in ways that wouldn't necessarily make the news".

It could be that the abundance of coverage Ardern received after the March 15 tragedy worked against her for this particular list.

Marilyn Waring was the only Kiwi to make the cut, recognised for becoming New Zealand's youngest MP as well as a pioneer of feminist economics.

"An environmental activist, she was also instrumental in the passing of New Zealand's nuclear-free policy," her description reads.

Others on the list include outspoken US footballer Megan Rapinoe, Malaysian transgender activist Nisha Ayub and Japan's Yumi Ishikawa who founded the #kutoo movement to protest against women being forced to wear high heels to work. 

Bella Thorne, a 22-year-old former Disney star, was recognised for her decision to release intimate photos of herself after a hacker threatened to leak them. 


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