Bono becomes Glamour’s first Man of the Year

Glamour Magazine’s prestigious Women of the Year list has a new addition: U2 frontman Bono.

According to Billboard, the singer is the first man to be included on the list. As Man of the Year, Bono will be honored at Glamour’s ceremony in Los Angeles alongside the Women of the Year winners on Nov. 14. The first person Bono gave the news to was his wife who he’s been married to for 34 years.

“I asked did she think I deserved it. She wasn’t sure. She said I’ve work to do,” Bono told the mag.

Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive said the magazine had toyed with the idea of having a man of the year for a long time. However, men win so many awards that they had shied away from it in the past.

“[T]here 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,” Leive said recently.

The singer has focused his activism on women and girls in poverty. His “Poverty is Sexist” campaign, which also includes U2, exposed the lack of educational, financial and medical resources afforded to many women. Approximately 62 million women are barred from getting an education around the world and more than 500 million can’t read. Nearly 75 percent of all new HIV cases in Africa are girls. Bono’s campaign includes other celebrities like Shonda Rhimes and Robert Redford.

Bono raised approximately $100 billion in debt cancellation for 35 of the world’s poorest countries and pushed for the largest contribution towards AIDS drugs in Africa from the U.S. government.

“Men can be a bit thick,” the musican said, adding, “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. To quote Nelson Mandela, ‘It always seems impossible—until it’s done.’”

 

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