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Reese Witherspoon on the cover of 'Glamour'

‘Glamour’ names Women of the Year: Witherspoon, Copeland, Jenner and more

Glamour magazine has named the winners of its annual Women of the Year awards, and the list includes Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland, Caitlyn Jenner, the U.S. women’s national soccer team and more.

Editor-in-chief Cindi Leive said that this year’s winners will also include Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, blood-test CEO Elizabeth Holmes, Victoria Beckham and the women of the city of Charleston who responded to the awful mass murder with peace.

This is the 25th anniversary of the Women of the Year awards. This year, Glamour is looking to celebrate trailblazers, achievers and newsmakers from fashion, politics, entertainment and business.

“Since 1990, Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards have saluted the planet’s most remarkable female leaders, and this year’s winners are no exception,” Leive said in a statement. ” “They have been inspired and led by the generations of Women of the Year before them, and Glamour is thrilled to celebrate their passion.”

Amy Schumer will open the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Nov. 9. This is the same day Mayor Bill de Blasio will proclaim as Women of the Year Day for New York City, USA Today reports, and the day the Empire State Building will turn pink to symbolize women who continue to break barriers everywhere.

Former honorees such as Madeleine Albright, Billie Jean King, and Serena Williams will be among the star-studded group of guests attending the event. Jennifer Hudson and Ellie Goulding are set to perform.

Let’s take a look at this year’s honorees and their accomplishments:

Witherspoon, who appears on the cover of the magazine’s December issue, is a hero in Hollywood. She’ll be honored for co-founding a production company that focuses on film projects with female protagonists (Wild and Gone Girl are two of their book-to-screen creations).

“I have this drive from my upbringing to be a doer, not just a complainer,” she says. “I have achieved a certain amount of success, and I felt a responsibility to my daughter and to women in this world to create more opportunities for women,” E! reports.

Copeland has already won, since she is the first African-American ballerina to be named a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. And on top of her grace and beauty on the stage, she wrote a memoir that went viral.

“Generations of black women and men didn’t have a fair chance in the ballet world; it’s still difficult to be ‘other,'” she told Glamour. “Understanding that made me want to speak up and represent what so many couldn’t.”

She added that she doesn’t want people to start paying attention to dance “because they read about this black ballerina.” “What I want is for people to realize how beautiful classical ballet is, how incredible it can be for a child,” she said. “Art changes lives–I am proof of that.”

Photo: Glamour
Photo: Glamour

Jenner, who recently celebrated her first birthday as a woman, is being honored for speaking out about her transformation and for what bringing the transgender community to light.

The former Olympic champion told Glamour that she “started thinking maybe this is why God put me on earth. This issue has been swept under the rug for so long. I need to tell this story on the highest level you can possibly do it, not just for me but for this entire community.

Caitlyn Jenner in 'Glamour' (Photo: Ben Hassett)
Caitlyn Jenner in ‘Glamour’ (Photo: Ben Hassett)

The U.S. Women’s Soccer team  were completely written off as having on chance of winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup; however, they proved everyone wrong, took the title and became vocal advocates for women in soccer. Talk about strength!

The women of Charleston are being honored for their response to a mass shooting in church in Charleston. They chose to promote peace and unity rather than act with violence, something U.S. as seen far too much of lately.

““I know it sounds so juvenile, like everybody holding hands and singing ‘Kumbaya.’ But I still believe that we can do it. It can’t just be an I, it can’t just be black people, it can’t just be white people, it can’t just be poor people, it can’t just be victims. It needs to be we. As in: we the people,” said Alana Simmons, who lost her grandfather in the shooting and launched the #HateWontWin initiative.

Holmes will receive recognition for her entrepreneurship skills and for building a blood-testing company Theranos. At 31, she is the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world.

““I think every bad thing you could possibly experience in trying to do something like this, we have experienced. But we know why we are doing it — people are counting on us because of what (his technology) means to a cancer patient, what it means to someone who has no ability to afford health care,” she said.

Beckham, a fashion queen, built a fashion empire out of a collection of only 10 dresses. She went on to become a philanthropist and mom to four. She is way more than David Beckham’s wife and former Spice Girl, and she always will be!

“I did have to find myself and my confidence,” she says. “And I want to make other women feel the best version of themselves. That’s the same message as the Spice Girls. It’s still Girl Power.”

Richards is the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Though she admits that she almost didn’t go to her interview at Planned Parenthood in fear that she wouldn’t measure up, she is now responsible for 700 Planned Parenthood centers across the country and more than 10,000 employees.

It is nice to see strong and influential women getting the recognition they deserve!

About Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com.
Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com