Readers have chosen and we are delighted to announce the winners of our local and international Woman of the Year 2017!

Thuli Madonsela is our local hero (and yours too), and you voted her the All4Women local Woman of the Year for 2017 – for the fifth year in a row!

Thuli came out tops with a score of 4.92 out of 5 in the SA nominations

Here are the other top-scoring local nominees:

Dr Makhosi Khoza: 4.05
Basetsana Kumalo: 3.71
Helen Zille: 3.00
Patricia de Lille: 2.98
Bonang Matheba: 2.34

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The international winner was Michelle Obama with a score of 4.64 out of 5

Here are the other international women who got your top votes:

Oprah Winfrey: 4.10
Ellen DeGeneres: 3.52
Malala: 3.41
Serena Williams: 3.00
Beyoncé: 2.34

Congratulations to our Woolworths Voucher winner!

Kim Mangale is the winner of the R2 000 Woolworths voucher. Thank you to all our readers who completed the poll and sent us their nominations.

Here’s a little bit more about Thuli

Born 28 September 1962, Advocate Thuli Madonsela is the Former Public Protector of South Africa. (She was replaced by Busisiwe Mkhwebane in late 2016.)

During the apartheid era Madonsela served in the ANC and in the United Democratic Front anti-apartheid organisation and in 1994 she declined the position of ANC MP in South Africa’s first post-apartheid Parliament

Madonsela has worked for trade unions and in both the public and private sectors since the 1980s. She was a member of the team who drafted the final constitution of South Africa promulgated by then President Nelson Mandela in 1996.

Prior to her appointment as Public Protector, Madonsela served as a full-time member of the South African Law Reform Commission. She was appointed Public Protector by President Jacob Zuma for a non-renewable seven-year term commencing 19 October 2009, with unanimous support from the multi-party National Assembly

Among her many accolades, she was named one of TIME magazine’s top 100 most influential people. She was also voted Forbes Africa ‘Person of the Year’ in November 2016

More about Michelle

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer and writer who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady.

Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and spent her early legal career working at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her husband. She subsequently worked as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and the Vice President for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Barack and Michelle married in 1992 and have two daughters.

As First Lady, Obama became a role model for women, an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating, and a fashion icon.