Glamour Magazine has named the honorees for its 25th Women of the Year award.
This year’s honorees are: Caitlyn Jenner, Reese Witherspoon, Victoria Beckham, Misty Copeland, Elizabeth Holmes, Cecile Richards, the women of Charleston, and the U.S. women’s national soccer team.
The women will be honored at a ceremony on Nov. 9 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive will honor the women after comedian Amy Schumer opens the ceremony.
As part of the 25th anniversary, Mayor Bill de Blasio will proclaim Nov. 9 as Women of the Year Day for the City of New York. The Empire State Building will illuminate its world-famous tower lights in Glamour pink to commemorate Women of the Year Day and symbolize the millions of women around the world who continue to break barriers.
Witherspoon founded her own production company, Pacific Standard, that actively seeks out projects with strong roles for actresses. She also recently launched her own clothing line, Draper James.
Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner shocked the world when he announced that he was transgender. Now Caitlyn Jenner is a serious advocate for transgender women with her own docuseries on E!
Beckham has built herself into a fashion mogul while raising four children. She has also helped raise millions for HIV and AIDS research for UNAIDS.
Copeland made history this year when she became the first African-American women to be named principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre. Her memoir, “Life in Motion,” also made the New York Times best-seller list.
Holmes dropped out of Stanford University to to found her own business. Its goal? Both to revolutionize ordinary blood tests, and to change the control average citizens have over their health. Today, Holmes, 31, is the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world.
Richards is the head of Planned Parenthood, which has provided health services to one in five women in the U.S. Despite this, the group faces major defunding by conservatives in Congress.
The U.S. women’s soccer team completely dominated the FIFA Women’s World Cup this year. Many of the players have also been vocal about the game‘s tendency to shortchange women.
Charleston, South Carolina was devastated this year by the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Glamour will honor two women who survived the attack and four other who lost loved ones in an act of racial violence that shocked the nation.