Women shaping Spain: The top 100

Ada Colau, the new left-wing mayor of Barcelona has stormed into the latest list of Spain's most influential women and she is in good company; the Queen, a nun and an Olympian also make the list.

Women shaping Spain: The top 100
Top from left: Queen Letizia, Ana Botin, Mireia Belmonte. Bottom from left: Ada Colau, Amaya Valdemoro, Sister Lucia Caram. Photo: AFP and Wikimedia Commons.

Spain’s second-in-command Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría made the list, as well as Queen Letizia, Barcelona mayor Ada Colau, Santander banking chief Ana Botin and (nun turned activist) Sister Lucía Caram

The fourth annual list, released on Wednesday by online platform Mujeres y Cia, whittled down 500 candidates to find the 100 most talented women in various fields with the aim of “promoting debate about and reflection on the role of women in our society”, Mujeres y Cia said in a statement.

“Again we are expanding the base of notable women and making visible their talents so that they may become benchmarks for others,” said Mercedes Wullich, founder and director of Mujeres y Cia, in the statement.

A panel of 50 judges from backgrounds in various fields decided on the final list. Those selected will also be invited to events throughout the year, such as breakfasts centered around different topics and networking meetups.

The list is broken down into various categories, including culture, politics, sports, business and media.

Among those within the sports category are swimmer Mireia Belmonte – who holds five world records – and basketball player Amaya Valdemoro.

The Local previously compiled our own list of Spain’s top women, and it seems we came pretty close.

Read here: The Local’s picks for Spain’s most powerful women.


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