How dating has changed since 1940

She also founded the forerunners to English National Opera, National Theatre and National Ballet.

Angela Berners-Wilson Priest Born 1955 After devoting almost two decades to the Church of England as a deacon, Berners-Wilson had already proved she was more than capable of full ministry.

We would, of course, welcome your thoughts about those who are on the list – and about those we did not, but should have, featured.

Betty Boothroyd Politician Born 1929 A Labour MP for 27 years, she became the first and, so far, only female Speaker of the House of Commons in 1992.Renowned for her acerbic wit and right-wing views, she was, however, criticised for refusing to join the suffragette movement.Joan Bakewell Journalist Born 1933 Dubbed the "thinking man's crumpet" when she was the only female journalist and TV presenter on BBC2's Late Night Line Up – a discussion programme which ran until 1972.She set up Kids Company, a London-based charity that helps children through psychotherapy, and The Place To Be, which offers children counselling.Lilian Baylis Theatrical pioneer, 1874-1937 Baylis produced a cycle of Shakespeare plays at the Old Vic between 19, a theatre she managed until her death, as well as campaigning to reopen the derelict Sadler's Wells theatre.

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