Professor Mary Beard has been made a Dame in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List, alongside fellow Cambridge alumna Emma Thompson. Beard, a Professor of Classics at the University, is being recognised for her services to the study of classical civilisations.
She is also known as the presenter of BBC’s Front Row Late and Civilisations, and was previously awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours. She tweeted that she was “hugely pleased” to be made a Dame, and told BBC Breakfast that she feels “dead chuffed”.
This year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List features 41 per cent of women receiving the highest level of awards, compared to 39 per cent in the New Year’s Honours List. This is part of the attempt to acknowledge the increasingly important and prominent roles women play in public life.