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We asked for your Leading Women of 2014
Hundreds of people nominated women across a diverse range of professions
The final list brings you women worldwide who stood out for their accomplishments this year
CNN set out on a hunt to find the women who excelled in their professions in 2014.
We wanted to know which women you felt deserved an accolade for their achievements this year and turned to our readers, partners, and organizations we’ve worked with this year to find out.
The women with the most votes have been crowned our Leading Women of 2014.
Read more about the winners in the gallery above.
Further outstanding women nominated for their work in the fields of Science and Technology, Health, Politics, Philanthropy, Business and Arts can be seen in alphabetical order in the longlist below.
Read more and be inspired.
Amma Asante – BAFTA winning writer and director whose film, Belle, received praise from Oprah Winfrey. The film is the seventh highest grossing independent movie of 2014.
Victoria Siddall – Director, Frieze Fairs. In 2014, she was appointed as Director of Frieze London (from 2015) and Frieze New York (from 2016) in addition to her existing position as Director of Frieze Masters.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH (STEM)
Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh – The Nigerian doctor died this year after overseeing the treatment of Ebola patient Patrick Sawyer. Her efforts prevented the wider spread of Ebola in Nigeria.
Milka Duno – Race car driver who won the Rolex Series Miami Grand Prix becoming the first woman in history to win a major international race in the USA.
Ellen Kooijman – Dutch geochemist whose LEGO Mini figures, featuring three female scientists, sold out within days of their limited release this year.
“My 6 year old daughter has the LEGO set designed by Kooijman,” says CNN anchor Kristie Lu Stout who nominated her. “It’s widened her career options from princess to astronomer!”
Kathleen Wynne – First female premier of Ontario, and the first openly gay head of government in Canada. In June 2014 she was reelected with a majority government.
Hadiza Bala Usman – Activist and initiator of the protest movement asking for the release of 200 schoolgirls girls abducted in Borno State, Nigeria which spread worldwide.
Jo Malone – Fragrance designer who created a multi-million dollar fragrance empire, which she sold in 2006 to Estée Lauder before creating new company – Jo Loves.
Indra Nooyi – Current chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo. She led the company’s restructure, acquired Tropicana in 1998, and is the food and beverage giant’s fifth CEO.