This Thursday marks International Women’s Day 2012, a day to celebrate the achievements of the fairer sex across the world. Here at London Living, we take pride in showcasing the talent of those living and working in East London, and women are no exception.
So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are London Living’s top five most influential East London women:
1. Rose Hudson-Wilkin
East London’s most famous clergyman (or clergywoman, in this case!), Rose Hudson-Wilkin made history in 2010 by becoming the first female Speaker’s chaplain in the House of Commons. She was also the first black Vicar to be appointed to the position. She juggles her duties as Commons chaplain with being Vicar of two churches in Dalston and Haggerston, mother of three children, and is tipped to become Britain’s first female Bishop. Now that’s what we call an inspirational lady!
2. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
“I settled on Hackney because it is a good place to be. I think it’s great living here. And of course Hackney is a host borough for the 2012 games.”
3. Paloma Faith
Hackney born and bred singer and actress Paloma Faith says she is determined not to forget her East London roots having moved to West London. She made her musical debut in 2009 with her single ‘Stone Cold Sober’, and her debut album ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful’ went platinum.
4. Sorcha O’Raghallaigh
We’ve already highlighted upcoming fashion designer Sorcha O’Raghallaigh here on London Living. Based in Hackney Wick, she shot to fame last year when Lady Gaga wore one of her designs on British TV. Recently named one of Selfridge’s Bright Young Things, Sorcha looks set to go onto great things in the near future.
5. Barbara Windsor
Born in Shoreditch as Barbara Ann Deeks, Barbara Windsor became a household British name with her appearences in the ‘Carry On’ films and later her role as Peggy Mitchell in primetime soap opera ‘EastEnders’.
Do you agree with our short list? Who else would you choose? As always, do let us know.