Bono just won a Glamour ‘Women of the Year Award’.
Yes. You read that right. Apparently, you don’t need to be in it to win it, after all.
Glamour explain that Bono is the first man to ever be awarded one of these ‘Women of the Year’ awards, receiving his own specific nod in the ‘Man of the Year’ category. Cindi Leive, Glamour’s Editor-In-Chief, explains:
“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“But it started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things, and there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days.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.”
Bono has indeed done some incredibly noble work in his time. He is famous for his AIDS work, and is currently striving to bring about gender equality in poor countries where women are less likely than men to have access to clean water, food, education and health care. His new Poverty is Sexist campaign marks the beginning of a truly exciting movement towards global gender equality.
We’re pretty sure white guys (particularly of the superstar billionaire kind) don’t need a slice of the ‘Women of the Year’ awards pie — those are surely female specific, designed to honour extraordinary and inspirational women — but Bono’s ‘Man of the Year’ award certainly makes at least some sense.
A plus side to this gender-bending turn of events is that Bono will surely have extra motivation to instigate serious changes when it comes gender equality. Because now, he’s technically one of the gals.
Some of the extraordinary women that did receive awards this year include the first female Finance Minister of France, Christine Lagard, who won ‘Lifetime Acheivment’; high-achiever Gwen Stefani taking ‘The Icon’; founders of #blacklivesmatter Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors winning ‘The Justice Seekers’; and female empowering cyber-celebrity and actor Zendaya taking the ‘Voice For Girls’ award.
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