'TIME' Magazine Person Of The Year Honor Almost Always Ignores Women
This morning, TIME magazine announced its shortlist for its annual Person of the Year honors. And surprise, surprise — only three women made the cut. We've got gay rights activist Edith Windsor, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and pop star phenomenon Miley Cyrus. These three ladies join President Obama, Pope Francis, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Syria's President Bashar Assad, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
So what are the odds a woman could actually become Person of the Year? Short answer: not good. Person of the Year was actually called Man of the Year from its start in 1927 until freaking 1999 — 24 years after the magazine gave Man of the Year honors to “American Women” (yes, really). In the past 85 years, only four women (Wallis Simpson, Soong May-ling, Elizabeth II, and Corazon C. Aquino) have won the title. FOUR.
Just to clarify, TIME's Person of the Year designation is meant to honor "the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year." But, as Feministing points out, the most-searched for and most-read news stories (just in the U.S.) suggest Paula Deen, The Duchess of Cambridge, and Jodi Arias should also be on the list. Instead, TIME seems to prefer sticking to the view that women don't really influence anything. Or, you know, that they just twerked their way into the running.