Bono Named On Glamour's Women Of The Year List

2 November 2016, 15:20

Bono Press Glamour Man of Year

The U2 singer has become the first man to be honoured by the magazine.

Glamour magazine has released its shortlist for their annual Women of the Year awards, and perhaps the most surprising newcomer on the list is U2 frontman Bono.

Not because we don't agree that he's done a lot of good things for the world, but because he's the first male to receive the honour amongst an otherwise exclusively female cohort.

The magazine's editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, has defended the decision in a statement posted by the Associated Press. 

"We've talked for years about whether to honour a man at Women of the Year and we've always kind of put the kabash on it," she said.

"It started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things, and there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days."

Bono is being honoured for his ongoing AIDS-fighting RED work, and his recent Poverty is Sexist campaign, which focuses on raising awareness that extreme poverty disproportionally affects women in the most globally deprived areas.

In response to his nomination, Bono said he was: "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." 

Bravo Bono, and congrats.

Also honoured as Glamour's Women of the Year are Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement; French finance minister Christine Lagarde; anti-Isis campaigner Nadia Murad; plus-size model Ashley Graham; and the Stanford sexual assault case survivor -known as Emily Doe -  whose witness impact statement went viral.