Glamour's Women of the Year Includes Gwen Stefani and ... Bono

by VVN Music

Glamour broke decades of tradition recently by naming Bono as one of their Women of the Year.

The magazine honors women who have made a difference in the world during their annual Woman of the Year ceremony which will be held, for the first time, in Los Angeles on November 14 and, in another first, one of the Women of the Year will be a man.

Bono has been named one of the twelve people to be honored with the magazine saying "When the president declared himself a feminist, when super-cool actors line up to endorse the United Nations' #HeForShe campaign, when a major male rock star who could do anything at all with his life decides to focus on the rights of women and girls worldwide—well, all that's worth celebrating. We're proud to name that rock star, Bono, our first Man of the Year."

Melinda Gates, herself a Woman of the Year in 2013, said "He’s one of the most outspoken and effective advocates for women and girls I know.… As an activist, he’s using those skills to get the world talking about the fact that ending extreme poverty begins with empowering women and girls."

Bono is not as sure he deserves the accolade. "I’m sure I don’t deserve it but I’m grateful for this award as a chance to say the battle for gender equality can’t be won unless men lead it along with women. We’re largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions."

The singer has created a new campaign, Poverty is Sexist, which is aimed at helping the world's poorest women, those who make less than $2 per day.

Also being honored is Gwen Stefani, lead of No Doubt, successful solo artist and, now, judge on The Voice. Glamour said she was chosen because "Every year, every decade, Stefani has written uncompromising music; she’s shown us all how to summon strength through self-expression."

Also named:

  • Gymnast Simone Biles
  • Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, Founders of Black Lives Matters
  • Plus-size model and activist Ashley Graham
  • Christine Lagarde, first female finance manager of France
  • Nadia Murad, who escaped imprisonment from ISIS 
  • Fashion leader Miuccia Prada
  • Singer and actress Zendaya
  • Emily Doe, the sexual assault victim who took her story to the world

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