Daily Express

Diana... the icon we most admire

- By Richard Palmer

PRINCESS Diana has been named as the most inspiring woman of all time in a poll to mark Internatio­nal Women’s Day today.

Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997, was the top choice among 2,000 women questioned about female icons.

She beat off stiff competitio­n from suffragett­e Emmeline Pankhurst, nurse Florence Nightingal­e, missionary Mother Teresa, the Queen and Elizabeth I.

Also in the top 10 were Britain’s first woman prime minister Margaret Thatcher and scientist Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, actress Marilyn Monroe and martyr Joan of Arc.

The People’s Princess also topped the poll for most inspir- ing woman of the 1980s. She was joined by actress Elizabeth Taylor in the 1950s, model Twiggy in the 1960s and singer Dusty Springfiel­d in the 1970s.

Pop stars the Spice Girls made it in the 1990s, author JK Rowling in the 2000s, and 18- year- old women’s rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize, in the 2010s. However, almost half of those questioned in the poll voted their mother as the most inspiring woman for them.

The current decade was hailed as the best to be a woman, with 50 per cent of those questioned acknowledg­ing that they have more rights than in any other decade and that women “can have it all”. However, almost 44 per cent voted for the more traditiona­l Fifties, saying that this era was firmly focused on the family.

Among the over- 70s, however, the best decade was the freethinki­ng Sixties.

Intelligen­ce and thoughtful­ness were the attributes most admired by almost two- thirds.

Some 15 per cent voted bravery as the most admired attribute. Beauty was the least admired quality.

Grace McMillan, of online gaming company Foxy Bingo, which commission­ed the survey, said: “From royalty to activists or pop stars to authors, women truly are an inspiratio­n, which is why celebratin­g Internatio­nal Women’s Day is just so important.”

 ?? Picture: TIM ROOKE/ REX ?? Diana was judged to be more inspiring than the Queen
Picture: TIM ROOKE/ REX Diana was judged to be more inspiring than the Queen

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