Glamour's "Women of the Year" list always boasts a diverse group of accomplished females from actors to activists, but this is the first year that they have included a man. Other honorees this year include ISIS kidnap survivor Nadia Murad, Black Lives Matter leaders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, model/body activist Ashley Graham, and gold-medalist Simone Biles, to name a few.
Cindi Leive, Glamour's editor-in-chief gave this statement about the magazine's choice to include Bono on this year's list.
We’ve talked for years about whether to honor a man at Women of the Year and we’ve always kind of put the kibosh on it. You know, men get a lot of awards and aren’t exactly hurting in the celebration and honors department.
Yes, exactly! Oh wait, there's more.
But it started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things, and there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days. Some men get it, and Bono is one of those guys.
Okay. Yes, there are so many wonderful men who do great things, and they get should and do get recognized for that. Often. For example, all eleven people who won the Novel Prize this year were men. Did all those men deserve it? Yes. Were there also women who made incredible strides in their respective fields who weren't recognized? Yes. Women always seem to be a variable when men get to be the constant.
There is no arguing that Bono is a bona fide (Bono fide?) humanitarian who does incredible things, but maybe he doesn't have to be on a women mandated list. Being a guy who "gets it," I'm sure he'd get that.