GROUNDBREAKING: Glamour's 'Women of the Year' Are All Women

The definition of courage

October 23, 2023

What happened: A women's fashion magazine, Glamour, honored its "Women of the Year" award winners at a swanky gala in London last week.

• All of the winners were actually women.

• The magazine's "Women of the Year" honorees included female actress Millie Bobby Brown, female actress America Ferrera, female singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock, female actress Ariana DeBose, female singer Halle Bailey, female actress Lily Allen, female singer Olivia Dean, female actress Hannah Waddingham, female influencer Fats Timbo, female reality star Georgia Harrison, and a group of female soccer players.

Why it matters: It's a courageous (and potentially problematic) departure from contemporary social trends. In recent years, most "women of the year" lists were considered—by the people who care about such things—to be insufficiently "inclusive" if no transgender individuals were represented.

Glamour honored Caitlin Jenner, the former male track and field star who ran for governor of California as a Republican in 2021, at the "Women of the Year" awards ceremony in 2015.

Rachel Levine, the transgender health care bureaucrat, was one of USA Today's "Women of the Year" in 2022.

• This year's Australian edition of Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" list featured Danielle Laidley, a transgender former Aussie rules football coach.

Bottom line: Women deserve to be celebrated for their accomplishments. Glamour deserves credit for its bravery.