Today, Glamour Magazine unveiled its annual Women of the Year, and it includes some amazing “game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers.”
Among this year’s recipients are Representative Maxine Waters, artist and activist, Solange Knowles, and the Women’s March Organizers. According to the Chicago Tribune, Cindi Leive, Glamour’s editor-in-chief, called this year’s group of honorees “‘wildly diverse change makers’ who reflect this ‘tumultuous and electric year for women.” Here’s what Leive had to say about these three honorees.
Maxine Waters: “Most young people really became aware of her over the course of this year because she’s been very vocal, very outspoken, standing up to members of the administration, but she’s actually had an incredibly inspiring lifetime of achievement,” Leive said. “This is a woman who grew up without all that much and decided that she would go back to college in her 20s, after having worked at the phone company, and then worked as a community coordinator for Head Start. She wasn’t born into politics or anything like that. She really made her own career.”
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Waters’ words to live by: “Have a strong sense of what is fair and what is not, and be compelled to act when you experience unfairness and injustice.”
Read Waters’ full profile here.
Solange: “She’s such a fantastic and inspiring example of somebody who has always chosen not to do things the easy way,” Leive said. “Her sister is Beyoncé. She could have become a pop star in any number of ways but she decided to really focus on her own personal vision of art.”
Solange’s words to live by: “We should recognize all the valid ways and forums where our activism exists. Every single form of our representations matters so much right now.”
Read Solange’s full profile here.
Organizers of Women’s March: “Vastly more women turned out for the march, not just in Washington but the marches around the world, than anyone expected,” Leive said. “There were so many hundreds of women who were involved in the organization and planning of these marches, but 27 key leaders and organizers really devoted the lion’s share of their time between Election Day and Inauguration Day.”
The names of the organizers are: Bob Bland, Tamika D. Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Paola Mendoza, Carmen Perez, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Janaye Ingram, Ginny Suss, Emma Collum, Cassady Fendlay, Lisa Harps, Mia Ives-Rublee, Rabbi Barat Ellman, Toshi Reagon, Sophie Ellman-Golan, ShiShi Rose, Caitlin Ryan, Jenna Arnold, Nantasha Williams, Alyssa Klein, Mariam Ehrari, Meredith Shepherd, Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, Breanne Butler, Mrinalini Chakraborty, Brea Baker and De’Ara Balenger.
Read their full profile here.
The rest of the honorees include: model Gigi Hadid, actress Nicole Kidman, late night host Samantha Bee, astronaut Peggy Whitson, Syrian refugee and education activist Muzoon Almellehan, fashion revolutionary Maria Grazia Chiuri, and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.