Now in its seventh year, BBC 100 Women showcases the stories of inspirational women to a global audience. The theme for this year’s list is The Female Future, asking the question of what would the future look like if it were driven by women.
Economist and environmentalist Professor Waring is best known for becoming New Zealand’s youngest member of parliament in 1975 at the age of 23. She is a pioneer of feminist economics and author of the ground-breaking Counting for Nothing, which highlighted the value of women’s unpaid work.
An environmental activist, she was also instrumental in the passing of New Zealand’s nuclear-free policy.
Professor Waring was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University during a graduation ceremony in 2011. She is a Research Associate at the University’s WiSE Centre for Economic Research and delivered a keynote address at the WiSE Centre’s Ailsa McKay commemorative conference in 2015.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE said: “I would like to congratulate Professor Waring on behalf of the University and I am delighted to see her recognised in this way. We are proud to have such a respected figure as an Honorary Professor, who is willing to share her insights, knowledge and experiences with our University community.”
Professor Waring is joined on the BBC 100 Women list by women at the top of their careers across science and the arts, politics, law, technology, sport, gender and identity, as well as activists, campaigners and those who have responded to challenges in their own lives by making real change in the world around them.
Some of the most recognisable names on the list include climate change activist Greta Thunberg, British athlete Dina Asher Smith,US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and actress Bella Thorne.