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Sunny Leone on BBC’s 100 most influential women list

MUMBAI: The latest season of the BBC’s 100 Women has unveiled its list of inspirational women for 2016. From among 100 globally chosen women, the list includes Bollywood actress Sunny Leone along with four Indian names—Gouri Chindarkar (Sangli), Mallika Srinivasan (Chennai), Neha Singh (Mumbai) and Saalumarada Thimmakka (Karnataka).

Saalumarada Thimmakka is a 105-year-old environmentalist from Karnataka who has planted more than 8,000 trees in 80 years, a project which first started in response to social ridicule at not being able to have children. She is the oldest woman on the BBC 100 women list.

Sunny LeoneSunny Leone (Karenjit Kaur Vohra), 35, is a Canadian adult film star as well as Indian film actress and model.

Gouri Chindarkar, a 20-year-old computer engineering student from Sangli, Maharashtra, was one of the first children in India to experience a unique learning experience now known as ‘School in the Cloud.’

57-year-old Mallika Srinivasan is from Chennai. She is the CEO of Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd (TAFE). She is known as the ‘Tractor queen’ of India and has grown her family company into the third-largest tractor manufacturer in the world.

Neha Singh is a 34-year-old actor/writer who founded a movement to encourage women to walk the streets in Mumbai to defy harassment.

Some of this year’s high-profile women include singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, US gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, French politician Rachida Dati and Santander UK chairperson Dame Shriti Vadera.

The season runs for three weeks with broadcast and online special reports, debates, programmes and journalism, running online at bbc.com/100women, on BBC World News TV, and on the 29 global languages services of BBC World Service Group, as well as network news.

This year’s BBC 100 Women list marks the fourth year of the season and seeks to better represent women in the BBC’s international news output.

The women are once again a mixture of female trailblazers—high-profile and influential women from all corners of the world, with more entrepreneurs, engineers, sportswomen, business women, fashion icons and artists than ever before. A third of nominees are aged 30 and below, while several of the inspiring women are over the age of 80, many of whom campaign for their causes while striving for a better world for themselves and their families.