30/12/2014 17:11 GMT | Updated 30/12/2014 17:59 GMT

7 Heroic Women Who Made This Year's Honours List The Best Ever For Equality

This year's New Year's Honours got a step closer to where it should be, with 45% of the senior awards - CBE and above - given to women.

This increase marks a jump of 10% compared to the Queen's Birthday Honours list issued earlier this year.

Celebrities and artists including Esther Rantzen, Sheridan Smith and Kristen Scott-Thomas were among some of the high profile winners,.

But here are seven women who don't have quite the star power, but are just as inspirational.

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