Woman's Hour Power List: 'Surely there are better feminist icons than the pathetic Bridget Jones'

Woman's Hour Power List is 'laughable', says journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Julia Hartley-Brewer tore into the new Woman's Hour Power List on her show this morning, describing some of the choices as ridiculous.

The list, compiled by BBC Radio 4, purports to rank the most influential women of the last 70 years. Margaret Thatcher heads the list, with her fellow nominees including Barbara Castle, Germaine Greer, Beyonce and the fictional character Bridget Jones.

Our presenter, discussing the list with journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, was particularly annoyed at the inclusion of Bridget Jones, whom she described as "pathetic". Beyonce, meanwhile, was ridiculed for "prancing around in practically her underwear" while her husband "writes songs about having affairs."

Alibhai-Brown was equally dismissive, calling the list a "laughable" attempt to pander to image-obsessed culture. She said "if you're going to do this, do this well and seriously."

Listen to the interview above.