Gender Equality Top 100
The Most Influential People in Global Policy 2018

Here we present our list of the 100 most influential people in gender policy around the world. Drawing on nominations from dozens of gender equality experts and leading organisations in the field, we aim to celebrate the people making our societies fairer and better to live in. To find out more about each person just click on their picture.

Our thinking in compiling this list is what underpins everything we do at Apolitical: that public servants deserve recognition, and that celebrating the best encourages the spread of good ideas. And that if you give public servants authoritative information and access to their colleagues’ help, you can change the world.

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Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology at the Stony Brook University, has been removed from the list after concerns were raised publicly about his professional conduct

Apolitical has partnered with NCOSS to develop the Women’s Empowerment policy topic on the Apolitical platform. Melanie Fernandez, deputy CEO of NCOSS said “NCOSS is privileged to partner with Apolitical and support their work in creating this important list of influential leaders in gender policy from around the world. The work of these influencers gives us a unique insight in to what can be done to empower women and make the world a more equal place.”

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