The narrator of BBC'S Her Story: The Female Revolution Mishal Husain.

Her Story: The Female Revolution - new four-part series on BBC World News from 20 February 2016.

BBC World News (400) has commissioned a new four-part series, Her Story: The Female Revolution (from Saturday 20 February at 11:10), which will profile women from around the world who are defining the struggle for equality in the 21st century.

With access to some of the most powerful and influential women in the world, as well as women working at the grassroots level, BBC World News will explore how women are taking charge and leading in an often male-dominated world.  The series was co-produced by J. Walter Thompson Entertainment Productions, alongside award-winning production company Films of Record.

Narrated by the BBC’s Mishal Husain, the series explores how women are forging new paths, defying expectations and redefining different spheres of life, from leadership to religion; work to marriage; motherhood and sex. 

Women, overall, are still poorer and have fewer rights than men, but significant progress has been made this century. The number of female world leaders has doubled in the last 10 years. Girls now enrol at primary school at almost the same rate as boys, and in many countries, women outnumber men at university.

Each episode is told through the eyes of five or six women from across the world, including: the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė; Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde; the author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler; and Inna Shevchenko, founder of feminist activist group FEMEN.

Mary Wilkinson, Head of Content for BBC World News, said: “Whether achieving success at the grassroots of society, the corridors of power or in industries where men still dominate, this series features women who are bringing about change and giving other women more control over their lives. This is a great opportunity for the BBC’s global audience to meet a range of women from every strata of society, who refuse to be limited by the traditional expectations of a women’s place in the world.”

The series will broadcast on BBC World News (400) from Saturday 20 February at 11:10.