Dangerous Women - may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them. Here are some of our favourite dangerous women from Big Blonde salon events over the years.

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Mother Nature

Blogger and parliamentary assistant Sadie Smith brought the force of Mother Nature to life in our inaugural event at the Society Club. With a healthy dose of witty cynicism, Sadie explained why the history of Woman as Nature has shifted from power to submission.

Vivienne Westwood

Anarchist, revolutionary and advocate for the female form, curator and author Henrietta Thompson explained how Westwood has changed the face - and bodies - of fashion, making the catwalk a political point of expression.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Clare Conville, co-author of Dangerous Women, chose Eleanor of Aquitaine - one of the most powerful women in the Middle Ages. Married twice, she bore both outstanding intelligence and beauty, and after joining the failed Second Crusade she quickly became politically active during her husband's reign and in government after his death. Eleanor lived to a grand age, outliving all but two of her eight children.

Felicity Green

Fashion designer and innovator, it was only natural that Susie Stone would pick Felicity Green as her dangerous woman - not least as Felicity has become a mentor to Susie as she grows her own bespoke women's clothing studio. Felicity was one of the most famous fashion editors during the swinging Sixties, blazing a path where many women have followed as the first woman ever appointed to the board of a national newspaper.

Sue Sylvester/Jane Lynch

Rosamund Urwin's double-choice was deliberate - Jane is a brilliant comic actor, but her character in the hit TV show Glee has all the best lines. Through Rosamund's dangerous woman we discussed whether women are funny - and whether there will ever come a time when we stop asking such a ridiculous question.

Marie Colvin

Award-winning war correspondent Marie took Sunday Times readers into the harshest, most hostile environments through her regular reporting from various conflict-ravaged parts of the globe. Mary Ann Sieghart, broadcaster and former deputy editor of the Times, talked about just missing out on making a firm friendship with a fearless female before her untimely death whilst reporting from Syria in 2012.

Mary Poppins

We got more than a spoonful of sugar from comedian Pippa Evans, who convinced the room that Mary Poppins was quite possibly the greatest feminist role model for girls and women everywhere. A brilliantly bright, independent, witty and strong-minded working woman, Poppins was blazing trails where others have only dared to follow.

Sally Jay Gorce

The protagonist of Elaine Dundy's The Dud Avocado was a contemporary of Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly, but as Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - editor of The Vagenda - pointed out, Sally was the one we'd much rather be friends with. Pink hair, parties and all the wrong kinds of men, Sally was the original Carrie Bradshaw. 

Madam C J Walker

Cognitive and affective psychologist, and author of Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain, Professor Elaine Fox told of the remarkable tale of America's first self-made millionaire entrepreneur - and a woman no less. The daughter of slaves, Madame C J Walker created the first modern beauty products and her legacy can be seen in pharmacies all over the world. 

From Patience Gray to Rose Heilbron

Journalist and author Rachel Cooke shared no fewer than ten dangerous women with us, as she took us on a whistlestop tour of some of the brilliant, but unsung, women of the 1950s, from her book Her Brilliant Career.