Women of the year 2011 Friday 16 December 2011 13.00 GMT The Guardian
Time magazine named The Protester as its person of the year, and women fighting injustice take pride of place among the Guardian’s women of 2011. As well as lauding those who press for women’s rights, we also celebrate great achievement – a trio of Nobel winners, political high-fliers and the stars of stars.
HETTY BOWER, PEACE CAMPAIGNER: When Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow told Hetty Bower he hoped she’d be around for many years to come, the 106-year-old peace campaigner replied: ‘Please not. I am now getting tired.’ Given her work this year you would never have known. On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, in March, she was guest of honour at a wreath-laying ceremony at Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue; Bower’s sister was a suffragette, and her own political education began early. She became one of the founding members of CND in 1957. She still marches, and recently spoke against hospital closures, tuition fees and cuts in services for disabled people. She has also spoken at an Hiroshima Day commemoration and took part in a Stop the War coalition demonstration. ‘As long as my legs can take me I will be participating in anti-war activity,’ she told Snow. ‘What sane person could be pro-war?’