Glam­our branches out, hon­ors Bono

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Glam­our’s an­nual Women of the Year list al­ways takes in a lot of ter­ri­tory, from note­wor­thy fash­ion­istas and sports he­roes to so­cial jus­tice ac­tivists and busi­ness lead­ers.

En­ter Bono: The first Man of the Year among the mag­a­zine’s Women of the Year, all to be hon­ored at a Nov. 14 cer­e­mony in Los An­ge­les.

“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,” Cindi Leive, Glam­our’s editor-in­chief, said in a re­cent in­ter­view. “But ... 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.” And how’s that? Well, not just by talk­ing the talk and wear­ing a fem­i­nist T-shirt, she said. In­stead, the U2 front­man has turned his at­ten­tion, high-vol­ume voice and pres­ence as an ac­tivist squarely on women and girls who need it the most, those in ex­treme poverty around the world. Last year, Bono and his One cam­paign launched a “Poverty is Sex­ist” move­ment, armed with facts and fig­ures.

Roughly 62 mil­lion girls are de­nied a right to ed­u­ca­tion around the world, ac­cord­ing to a One re­port, and half a bil­lion women can’t read.

“The idea that a man who could se­lect any cause in the world to call his own, or no cause at all, is choos­ing to work, and not just for one night or at a spe­cial event, but con­sis­tently — day af­ter day and month af­ter month — on be­half of women is in­cred­i­bly cool and absolutely de­serves ap­plause,” Leive said.


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