HARRY Potter author JK Rowling was today named as one of the top 40 women who have “changed the world”.
The Edinburgh-based writer is ranked at number 16 in the list, compiled from the results of a poll of 2000 people in the UK. The top three places go to Marie Curie, Florence Nightingale and Margaret Thatcher.
Rowling is one ahead of Marilyn Monroe and just behind Amy Johnson.
Scots women do not feature heavily on the list, but Mary, Queen of Scots is also included at number 19.
The research was commissioned to mark the return of Sky Arts’ comedy series Psychobitches, the satirical show which playfully delves into the minds of some of history’s most influential and iconic women. A Sky Arts spokeswoman said: “There’s no doubt the women on this list changed the world and continue to inspire people today.”