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Bono Named To ‘Glamour’ Magazine’s “Women Of The Year” List

Man, he feels like a woman.

U2 frontman Bono will be the first male ever to appear on Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year list -- although, yes, he will be termed a Man of the Year. Bono is being honored for his efforts to empower women and promote gender equality, and for the Poverty Is Sexist component of his One campaign that's pointed out how women suffer much more than men in impoverished nations.

In a statement, Bono noted that "the battle for gender equality can't be won unless men lead it along with women. We're largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions. We can do much more than we think we can. Leaders are accountable to all of us. If they don't support women and girls, vote them out of office."

In a statement, Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive said that the magazine is breaking its tradition of honoring women because "there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days. Some get it and Bono is one of those guys. 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, 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."

Bono will join fellow singer Gwen Stefani, U.S. Olympic gold medal gymnast Simon Biles, the three founders of Black Lives International and others on the Glamour list. They'll be honored during a ceremony on November 14 in Los Angeles.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.