Glamour has been naming “Women of the Year” for 25 years. Goodness! They’ve got an impressive list of honorees this year: Victoria Beckham, Misty Copeland, Elizabeth Holmes, Caitlyn Jenner, Cecile Richards, Reese Witherspoon, the Women of Charleston, and the U.S. women’s national soccer team.
Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive said:
Since 1990, Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards have saluted the planet’s most remarkable female leaders, and this year’s winners are no exception. They have been inspired and led by the generations of Women of the Year before them, and Glamour is thrilled to celebrate their passion.”
This year’s ceremony, which will be opened by comedienne Amy Schumer, will also feature past honorees, including Madeleine Albright, Samantha Power, Serena Williams, and Billie Jean King.
As part of the 25th Anniversary, Mayor Bill de Blasio will proclaim November 9 as Women of the Year Day for the City of New York. The Empire State Building will illuminate its world-famous tower lights in Glamour pink to commemorate Women of the Year Day and symbolize the millions of women around the world who continue to break barriers. Leive and Woman of the Year honoree Misty Copeland will light up the building during a ceremony that day.
Glamour’s Women of the Year Advisory Board, comprised of past honorees, helped select the 2015 Women of the Year, who are also featured in the December issue of Glamour, on national newsstands November 10. Quotes and photos from their stories are included below.
Join the conversation on social media using #EveryWomanCan and #GlamourWOTY25, and tune in to the Women of the Year Snapchat Live Story on November 9 to get a front-row ticket to the awards.
Glamour would like to thank all of its Women of the Year sponsors: L’Oréal Paris is the title sponsor. Kate Spade New York is the official sponsor of the Inspiration Wall. Hearts on Fire is providing jewelry for the U.S. women’s national soccer team. Audi is the official car of the Awards and is providing transportation for honorees and presenters.
Here’s what some of the honorees had to say:
I have this drive from my upbringing to be a doer, not just a complainer. I have achieved a certain amount of success, and I felt a responsibility to my daughter and to women in this world to create more opportunities for women. Women of different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. We’re 50 percent of the population.”
Nothing ever came naturally to me. I was never the cleverest, never best at anything. But we always tell our children that if you work hard and believe in yourself, you can do what you want.”
Generations of black women and men didn’t have a fair chance in the ballet world; it’s still difficult to be ‘other.’ Understanding that made me want to speak up and represent what so many couldn’t.”
I started thinking, Maybe this is why God put me on earth. This issue has been swept under the rug for so long. I need to tell this story on the highest level you can possibly do it. Not just for me but for this entire community. I am just excited about the future for the first time in a long, long time. And that is a nice feeling to have…. To be honest with you, if the worst thing in the world that happens to you is you are trans, you’ve got it made.”
Congratulations to everyone!
*Witherspoon and Beckham photo credit: Tom Munro
*Copeland and Team USA photo credit: Mark Seliger
*Holmes photo credit: Robert Maxwell
*Jenner photo credit: Ben Hassett
*Richards photo credit: Pamela Hanson
*Women of Charleston photo credit: Jonno Rattman