Glamour‘s Women of the Year list celebrates women in fashion, sports, business and social justice. Now, for the first time ever, it will also honour a “Man of the Year”.
Bono will have a seat next to a slew of successful women at the November 14 ceremony in Los Angeles. Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive said awarding a man has been a topic of debate for years: “We’ve talked for years about whether to honour 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 honours department.”
Ultimately, the magazine opted to get with the times – so to speak. “But it started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things and there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days,” says Leive. “Some men get it and Bono is one of those guys.”
The U2 frontman was an obvious choice for the magazine, after he launched a movement advocating for women and girls in extreme poverty called “Poverty is Sexist” through his advocacy group ONE: “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.'”
Bono, 56, said in a statement on Tuesday: “We’re largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions.”