An outstanding First Women of Media shortlist this year, with all five contenders having broken new ground in their field.
The future will rely on technology and innovation. Here are five First Women of Science and Technology, who will help to lead it.
A lawyer-turned entrepreneur who's created a new industry; one of Europe's most senior investment bankers – just two finalists for this year's First Women of Finance award.
From an 18-year-old station operator to the executive director of Sellafield, the shortlists for the 2012 First Women Awards reveal 41 remarkable women tearing down conventions and reshaping British business. Read all the stories here.
Not many women swop a trailblazing career in medicine for accountancy. This, and other pioneering stories, in our First Women of Business Services shortlist.
An 18-year-old train operator, a pioneer in cancer treatment and one of the UK's youngest NHS leaders. Just three of our First Women of Public Service
At the very top of the UK's largest corporates, and among our smallest artisan businesses, the First Women of Retail and Consumer are rewriting the rules.
Leading some of Britain's most dynamic construction, utility and electrical busineseses are five extraordinary women. Read the full stories here
From the UK's first RAF engineering graduate to the woman leading one of the UK's biggest infrastructure projects, here are six remarkable stories of pioneering women.
Women cannot have it all. Government must subsidise childcare. In the build-up to the 2012 First Women Awards (nominations close on April 13), a fascinating conversation with pioneering businesswomen, Taylor Nelson founder Dr Liz Nelson OBE.
Trailblazing businesswoman Dr Liz Nelson, First Women Awards Lifetime Achievement winner in 2011, says that this week's Cranfield research into women's representation in UK boardrooms reinforces the need for formal quotas.
On the day that EU commissioner Viviane Reding launched a proposal for imposing Europe-wide quotas to get more women on companies' boards, a room-full of trailblazing women in London discussed doing it for themselves.