Patient Griselda, in medieval princess clothes, in the dinner scene of Top Girls

Top Girls opens with a dinner party featuring women from across myth and history. We asked our Facebook and Twitter friends to name their Top Girls.

Did you know Patti Smith (our most popular suggestion) was born in the same year as Dolly Parton? As well as pop icons (Debbie Harry, Annie Lennox and Beyonce are also here) there were activists, writers, a football managing director, a drag queen, comics, rulers and a fairytale character.

Add to the list – email or tweet @out_of_joint with the hashtag #TopGirls

Here are the results:

Vivienne Westwood Interview here

Edith Sitwell

Diana Athill

Kirsty Wark Read the Telegraph profile

Angela Davis


Josephine Baker

Edith Fellows

Peggy Guggenheim

Martha Graham

Martha Graham

Annie Lennox

Liz Jardine Smith’s step-mum who qualified as a vet surgeon the year Top Girls premiered

Carol Ann Duffy

Emmeline Pankhurst

Sandi Toksvig Interview here

Emily Wilding Davison

Gloria Steinem
Coretta Scott King

Aphra Behn

Dorothy Parker

Alice Walker

Dorothea Lange

Joan Littlewood

Gisela May

Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Eleanore of Aquitaine

Jane Austen

Debbie Harry

Maggie Smith

Dolly Parton

Simon Burbage’s mum, sister and girlfried

Karren Brady

Patti Smith


Joan Rivers

Kathy Griffin


Angela Carter

Tallulah Bankhead

Maya Angelou



Mary the Mother of God


Nell Gwynne

Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

Ariel (the little mermaid)

Fanny Burney

Emma Goldman

Rosa Luxemburg

Prue Leith

Moll Frith

Sarah Vaughan

Gretel (we’re assuming it’s this Gretel)

Naomi Wallace



Tilda Swinton

Hedda Gabler

Mary Frith, or "Moll Catpurse"

All the Bloolips

…And in the Less Famous Siblings sub-section:

Dannii Minogue

Janet Jackson

Serena Williams

Solange Knowles

Princess Margaret

…and Kate Middleton

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