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What do an Oscar-winning actress, a high school student and a 97-year-old park ranger have in common? They’re all trailblazing women being recognized in Glamour magazine’s 2018 Women of the Year issue.

The 28th edition of the issue, and the accompanying awards summit, honour women who refuse “to wait for someone else to make things better.” Among those featured are Viola Davis, Chrissy Teigen, Janelle Monae and Senator Kamala Harris, who are also being recognized for the visibility their work brings to women and minorities who are often robbed of their voices.

“Davis made it her mission to stop the camera from overlooking unseen women—the maids, the wives, the grieving mothers—and kept at it for 30 years,” reads the Glamour story. “Chrissy Teigen had an idea that social media could give all women a voice to share their passions and fears.”

“This year [Monae] opened up about her art and her life,” the article continues. “And showed us a future that celebrates all kinds of female power.”

Kamala Harris is a Democratic United States senator from California (who some are speculating will be making a bid for 2020) and has spent her time in politics fighting to give “women a nationwide voice inside the room where it happens.” Most recently, she made powerful arguments against Judge Brett Kavanaugh – the new Supreme Court Justice who was accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Two groups of women are also being honoured at this year’s awards: “The Sister Army” (the group of women who took down USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar for decades of sexual assault) and the women activists of March for Our Lives (the survivors-turned-political-activists after the Parkland high school shooting that killed 17 of their classmates).

The women who took down Larry Nassar includes not only the 150 who reported abuse at his hands but also the women in authority who made the case possible: Detective Andrea Munford, Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis and Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

“Push away those nightmares,” Judge Aquilina said to one survivor. “He’s gone. Your words replace what he’s done to you.”

Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award is Betty Reid Soskin, a 97-year-old National Park Service Ranger who made sure that the entire history of Rosie the Riveter Park, where she works, is told.

“When it was clear her story as an African American woman was being left out, [Soskin] didn’t sit silently,” Glamour writes. “She spoke up and, as a result, the 60,000-plus visitors to the park each year learn a fuller version of history.”

The women of March for Our Lives represent the future of women’s empowerment and social justice. Emma González, Samantha Fuentes, Naomi Wadler, Edna Chavez, and Jaclyn Corin have worked with their male counterparts to advocate for stricter gun control in the U.S. through speaking engagements, organized political marches and campaigns that encourage young people to vote and make their voices heard.

The Women of the Year awards ceremony will take place during Glamour’s three-day Summit in New York City over the weekend of November 10. Speakers at the event include Mindy Kaling, Ashley Graham, Lili Reinhart and other female activists, creators and businesswomen.


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