For the past 29 years, the Glamour Women of the Year Awards has honored game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers. This year’s class of extraordinary winners are no exception.
In the 29 years that we’ve celebrated Women of the Year, our honorees have broken glass ceilings, shattered records, and redefined success on their own terms. This year we welcome eight new women into this sisterhood who, like the honorees before them, are using their chosen profession and inimitable spirit to push our culture forward.
Like soccer player Megan Rapinoe, who not only helped pave the U.S. Women’s National Team’s path to World Cup glory—scoring six goals during the competition—but led a tireless fight for equal pay. In March 2019, on International Women’s Day, Rapinoe and the rest of the team sued their bosses for gender discrimination. Flash-forward to their epic win this summer, when the stadium started chanting, “Equal pay! Equal pay!” as they took their victory lap. Or teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who made a two-week voyage to the United States on a sailboat—and stood up to world leaders everywhere, challenging them to take action on climate change. As well as actors like Charlize Theron and Yara Shahidi, who, while at different points in their careers, refuse to play it safe either onscreen or in their individual crusades.
We couldn’t be prouder to introduce you to Glamour’s 2019 Women of the Year. They are a diverse group, including an author, director, actors, and activists fighting to make a lasting difference. But despite their different fields, our honorees have one thing in common: They’re warriors on the front lines of change.
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