Michelle Yeoh is one of BBC's '100 most inspiring and influential women' of 2020

BBC has released the names its 100 most inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020 and one Malaysian made the list – Michelle Yeoh.

"Great honour to be part of the list along with all these amazing influential women," Yeoh, 58, wrote on her Instagram today (Nov 24) after the list was published by BBC.

BBC describes Yeoh as "one of very few actresses from Asia to enjoy a long, successful career in the USA". It also states the 58-year-old as a UN goodwill ambassador who is working to eradicate poverty by 2030.

In the article, Yeoh said it is pertinent for women to reach out for support during this difficult time.

"Covid-19 affects us all, but women are bearing the brunt. Remember, we are not alone. If we are feeling isolated, we must reach out for support. Having a support network is more important than ever," she said.

Other women in the list include Sarah Gilbert who heads the Oxford University research into a coronavirus vaccine; actress and climate activist Jane Fonda; pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow; transgender model Lea T; and dementia researcher Lorna Prendergast.

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