By Dana Zillgitt, Regular ContributorNovember 11, 2015
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Every year, Glamour magazine highlights women around the world in several industries for their achievements in their respective work endeavors as well as their contributions to society. Past honorees have included Serena Williams, Laverne Cox, Madeline Albright, and many more impressive women. But this year is getting a little more recognition, not only because Caitlin Jenner is one of the recipients, but because it’s the 25th anniversary. In celebration, during the award show on November 9th, the Empire State Building will be lit up in the magazine’s signature pink and the day will be marked by Mayor Bill Blassio as ‘Women of The Year’ day. Pretty phenomenal stuff.
Growing up, I always loved seeing whom Glamour highlighted in this annual awards gala and this year is no different.
She recently created a production company to create films with female leads. Why? Because she met with execs and was stunned that only one was creating a film with a female lead, and instantly, she knew something needed to change .
The first thought that comes to mind about Mrs. Beckham besides her soccer-playing husband (if not before) is the fact that she was Posh Spice in probably the best girl band to date. It’s tough for a celebrity to make the jump to fashion designer, and, more importantly, a successful fashion designer. But she’s doing it.
She’s the first African American principle ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre to ever reach that title in its 75-year history and is obviously insanely talented. But why is this so important?
It’s unfortunately rare that we see someone who looks like Misty Copeland headlining a ballet, and it’s about time we did.
This is only the beginning of an amazing journey.
From a Stanford dropout to the youngest self made billionaire is a pretty great sentence to have your name attached to, right? Elizabeth Holmes wanted average citizens to control their own health as well as completely rock the way blood tests are done, and to say she succeeded is a grand understatement.
Maybe you’ve heard of Planned Parenthood? Well, she’s the head of that phenomenal organization, ensuring women-and men-have access to more than abortions and STD checks. She wants to make sure they have access to healthcare they didn’t previously and, more importantly, that it’s affordable for everybody. After all, #istandwithplannedparenthood didn’t become a trend for no reason.
She’s probably the most controversial honouree this year, as many thought she won it all, when in fact she’s just one of many. She’s still championing a cause she’s new to in hopes of drawing attention to the heinously large amount of the community who have thought about or attempted suicide.
She’s dedicated to not only being the best advocate for the community, but she’s also committed to learning more as well.
The first time I’ve wanted to cheer “USA! USA! USA” in a long time was because of this soccer team. They’re phenomenal, and they’ve encouraged women of all ages to continue playing like a girl. They were even honoured by the White House for winning it all and continuing to be as inspirational as ever for young female athletes.
We’ve all heard the news of the mass shootings that have rocked our nation, and perhaps one of the worst was at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. However, after the fact, women affected by the massacre drew strength from hope and used the tragedy to spur conversations about gun control, how to adequately teach respecting differences, and a genuine desire to move forward without gun violence.
So why is this all important?
It’s the responses to these women that still need changing. Our reactions to women of notoriety and who don’t necessarily conform to the norms we’ve societally set aside are ridiculous. So we need instances like the annual Women of The Year to remind us that there are women doing great, inspirational things.
Which woman of the year inspired you most? Who else do you think could be on this list? Tell us below!
Dana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.
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