Times' 50 Women of the Year
Victoria McCloud
Judge
In a ruling published online in February, the High Court judge demonstrated the importance of representation, as Britain’s most senior public figure to have transitioned from male to female stood up for trans rights in a meaningful way. Hailed as a pioneer by equality campaigners, McCloud, 51, argued that the process of changing your name by deed poll needed “close attention” to ensure that trans people are not being outed against their will. She is no stranger to high-profile legal battles — she has made rulings in cases involving Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn and even Katie Price, and was the presiding judge when the Duchess of Sussex pursued legal action over the pictures taken of her and Archie in a Canadian park in January.