We're going all political during today's Female First Awards feature, nominating five of the world's most successful women in politics for the accolade, and celebrating them for what they have achieved over the past 12 months. No matter where your political leanings lie, we're sure you won't be able to disagree that each of these women deserve their spot on our list...
Nominee: Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
As a member of the Conservative Party and somebody who stands up for British Muslims, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has had a lot to say about Boris Johnson's leadership, and past comments surrounding women of Islamic faith who wear the hijab. Despite the pushbacks from her own party members, Baroness Warsi continues to stay strong and fight against those who believe that people should be treated differently based on their religion. For that, she should be applauded.
Nominee: Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi is an American Democratic Party politician who serves as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, since the Democrats won the majority in January 2019. She's the first woman in American history to hold this position, and is already using it to make big moves against the Republican President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Pelosi has said that Trump is "cruel" and a "coward", and has called for his impeachment because of his actions whilst in the Oval Office. The US House Judiciary Committee have approved the two impeachment charges against the President, which moves the whole process towards a full House vote. That vote is likely to go in Pelosi's favour, but then they will go to the Republican-controlled Senate. As the impeachment would need a two-thirds majority to pass, it's unlikely it will be a success, in the end.
Still, Pelosi has to be applauded for her bravery in making such a move. Who knows? Maybe Republicans will have a change of heart and decide that Trump isn't the best man to lead them into the 2020 Presidential Election after all...
Nominee: Angela Rayner
Now that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is on his way out, following some disastrous results in the 2019 general election, people are already touting a handful of Labour Members of Parliament as the next to lead the party into a 2024 election. One of those MPs is Angela Rayner, who has served as the Shadow Secretary of State for Education since 2016.
Her vision of a future where children are entitled to an education right through to the end of their university years is one that has gained a lot of momentum with people on the ground. She believes that tuition fees should be abolished, and a National Education Service should be set up, to "ensure opportunities for life-long learning are available to meet both of the core aims of education: personal education and education for employment."
Nominee: Sanna Marin
December has been a huge month for politics, and one of the biggest moments came when Sanna Marin was chosen to succeed Antti Rinne as the Prime Minister of Finland. It made her the world's current youngest serving leader, but that's not the only history she's making...
Marin holds her power because of a progressive alliance made up of five left and centre-left parties; all of which are led by women. Of those five females, four are under 35-years-old.
Marin is a woman who's grown up in a progressive, modern society, raised by her mother and her mother's female partner in a rented apartment. She's unlike the majority of politicians the world is used to seeing - with their privileged backgrounds and upbringings - and for that, she is being heralded as a glimpse of where the future of politics lies.
Nominee: Angela Merkel
Having served as the chancellor of Germany since 2005, and the leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union from 2000 to 2018, Angela Merkel is one of the most recognisable political faces on the world stage. This year, she's been crowned the most powerful woman in the world, by Forbes, for the ninth consecutive time, and 13th time overall.
She often serves as the voice of reason for the European Union, offering hope to members of the European Parliament when they feel they're stuck in a rut, and proving she wants Germany to be a close ally to the United Kingdom when Brexit is finally complete.
And the winner is...
Angela Rayner! The future's bright for this MP, who's looking likely to be pushed to put herself forward for leadership of the UK's Labour Party.
From humble beginnings, she's relatable and personable on a level that British politics has been sorely missing for some time. She fell pregnant at 16, didn't obtain any qualifications from school, but has still managed to be a brilliant mother, wife and politician. She shows that no matter where you come from, you can be a success, and fight for the change you want to see in the world. For that, we salute her!