Bono Named as One of Glamour’s ‘Women of the Year’
For the first time in its history, Glamour magazine has placed a man on its annual Women of the Year list. The one they've chosen for such an honor? U2 singer Bono.
As Glamour's editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, told the Associated Press, "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. But it started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things, and there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days.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,"
The magazine cited the "Poverty Is Sexist" campaign he launched this year, as a main reason why he was chosen. They created a study that showed the connection between gender and global poverty, while noting that 74 percent of all AIDS patients in Africa are women. The report was sent to every head of state in the world, and have raised $13 billion to date.
Bono's reaction to receiving the award included humor and humility. “I asked did [his wife] think I deserved it. She wasn’t sure,” Bono told journalist Christiane Amanpour, who wrote the piece for Glamour. “She said I’ve work to do!”
Then he added, “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. ... Men can be a bit thick. And I include myself. Honestly, things that ought to be obvious sometimes are not. We can do much more than we think we can. Leaders are accountable to all of us. If they don’t support women and girls, vote them out of office. To quote Nelson Mandela, ‘It always seems impossible—until it’s done.’”
Other recipients of the Women of the Year Award include gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles; Nadia Murad, who escaped torture from ISIS; No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani; plus-sized model Ashley Graham and the three women -- Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi -- who created the Black Lives Matter movement. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Nov. 14.
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