9 women we wish would be Prime Minister instead


Theresa May is set to become Britain's new prime minister, after a much speedier Tory leadership campaign than was expected.

She will be the country's second female prime minister, after Margaret Thatcher.

But which other women would make awesome prime ministers?

1. Mary Beard

Professor Mary Beard holds her OBE medal, after she received the award from the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.
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This professor of Classics at Cambridge has shown the world just how important history and academia are, and is unashamed about her enthusiasm for learning and the Romans. She stands up to internet trolls too. She once retweeted a piece of abuse she received on Twitter, only for the student in question to apologise and take her out for lunch. She now writes his job references.

2. Emma Watson

Actress Emma Watson poses for photographers during the photocall for the film,
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As UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson has promoted feminism and women's rights around the world. Her 'He for She' campaign mobilises activists, organises classroom activities and calls for everyone worldwide to unite in the campaign for equality.

3. Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama cheers as she arrives for a town hall meeting at Howard University in Washington, Thursday April 17, 2014.
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A graduate of Harvard Law School, Michelle Obama is surely someone who could whip our country into shape after Brexit. She is down to earth, smart, and an advocate for many causes including LGBT rights, poverty awareness and education.

4. Mary Berry

Mary Berry (right) and Mich Turner at Cake International, NEC, Birmingham.
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Flying the flag for older women on television, Mary Berry's motherly care, stern tellings off, hilarious innuendos and incredible cakes mean we would love to have her as prime minister.

5. Serena Williams

Serena Williams celebrates victory over Angelique Kerber on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
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"I prefer the words 'one of the greatest athletes of all time,'" said Serena Williams, when asked about being considered one of the greatest female athletes of all time. Her athleticism and determination are an inspiration to all, and as prime minister she could do a lot for inequality in the work place. "I don't think I deserve to be paid less because of my sex. Or anyone else for that matter, in any job," she said, on female tennis players' pay in comparison to men's.

6. Baroness Hale

Baroness Hale of Richmond, also known as Lady Hale.
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All hail Baroness Hale! Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale is the most senior female judge in the history of the United Kingdom. She has called out the lack of women in the justice system, blaming it on the unconscious sexism of male recruiters, and praises diversity and equality.

7. Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai speaks during a media conference at the Library of Birmingham, in Birmingham, England, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, after she was named as winner of The Nobel Peace Prize.
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The youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai has campaigned tirelessly for the rights of girls to receive an education, and was even shot for her activism. In the wake of Brexit, we could do with someone who exudes such hope and positivity.

8. The Queen

Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives at Tweedbank, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, as she and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, travel by steam train to inaugurate the new £294 million Scottish Borders Railway.
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The country is in such disarray right now, there's probably a little piece in everyone that wishes the Queen would step in and steady the ship. When asked how she was after Brexit she replied: "I'm still alive." If that doesn't capture the mood of the nation we don't know what will.

9. Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaks at the American Enterprise Institute, Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in Washington.
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The Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg is the definition of a career woman. She has an incredible work ethic and career history, having worked with McKinsey and the United States Treasury. She was also refreshingly honest when she described the emotional toll of losing her husband and becoming a widow.