To mark International Women's today Press Gazette asked readers via Twitter to name the most inspirational female journalists.
Here are the five most popular choices and 10 other women journalists who also figured strongly in the responses. Many thanks to the hundreds of readers who took part in this exercise.
1 Marie Colvin. Former Sunday Times foreign correspondent Marie Colvin was killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs during a rocket attack last year. Following her death Sunday Times editor John Witherow described her as the "greatest war correspondent of her generation" whose death had sparked an outpouring of grief throughout the world.
BBC foreign correspondent Lyse Doucet said she was the “bravest of the brave was also the kindest of the kind”.
The impact of her death continues to be felt – last month, on the anniversary of her death, a new campaign was launched in her memory to secure the prosecution of those who commit war crimes against journalists and photographers.
2 Martha Gelhorn. Former Daily Telegraph correspondent Gelhorn is widely considered to be one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century, covering almost every major conflict during her 60-year career.
She joined the BBC in 1968 as a studio technician before working as a regional journalist in Plymouth, Southampton and Brighton. She joined BBC TV News in London in 1979, where she spent two years as a court correspondent.
Her honours include three RTS awards, the Bafta Richard Dimbleby Award, and the Broadcasting Press Guild's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. She was awarded an OBE in 1993.
Ten more inspiring women journalists:
Veronia Guerin. Guerin was an Irish crime reporter for the Sunday Independent. She was also an early data journalist, using her accountancy skills to trace illegal activity. She was murdered by drug gang members in Dublin in 1996 after receiving the International Press Freedom Award in 1995.
Anna Politkovskaya. A Russian investigative journalist, winner of the Award for Human Rights Journalism, Politkovskaya was assassinated in 2006. She made her reputation reporting from the second Chechen War and for her critical coverage of Russian political and social affairs.
Fleet Street Fox. Blogger Fleet Street Fox recently identified herself as Susie Boniface and writes about the industry of tabloid newspapers on her blog fleetstreetfox.com. More than 50, 000 people follow her on Twitter and she has just published her first book The Diaries of a Fleet Street Fox.
Orla Guerin. BBC correspondent who covered the Basque Country in Northern Spain and reported from Africa and the Middle East.
Hala Jaber. Lebanese-British journalist, who writes for the Sunday Times. Winner of the Amnesty International Journalist of the Year Award.
Nellie Bly. The pen name of Elizabeth Jane Cochran, who wrote for the Pittsburgh Dispatch and then the New York World (at that time published by Joseph Pulitzer). She faked insanity to go undercover and later emulated Jules Verne's character Phileas Fogg by going around the world in 80 days. In fact she did it in 73.
Sue Lloyd Roberts. Globe-trotting BBC special correspondent.
Polly Toynbee. Veteran social affairs journalist who has been a columnist for The Guardian since 1998.
Julie Burchill. After starting her career on NME in the 1980s, she has continued to combine her career as a novelist with national newspaper columns. Her last column for The Observer in January was withdrawn by the editor after it was deemed offensive to trans-gender people.
Heather Brooke. The freelance journalist who laid the groundwork for the Daily Telegraph to break the expenses scandal. It was her dogged efforts which led to the MPs' expenses information being released (The Telegraph famously obtained the unredacted disc in 2009).