Time Magazine is Celebrating Women It Overlooked With “100 Women Of The Year”
“The world has changed and Time has too, but there have always been women worthy of Time’s cover.”
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Time Magazine is celebrating “100 Women of the Year” in a new project.
For 72 years, Time named a Man of the Year—and though they changed the accolade to Person of the Year in 1999, it was still regularly awarded to men.
“With this 100 Women of the Year project, we’re spotlighting influential women who were often overshadowed,” the magazine explained. “This includes women who occupied positions from which the men were often chosen, like world leaders Golda Meir and Corazon Aquino, but far more who found their influence through activism or culture.”
The list celebrates influential women of each year from 1920-2019, like Frida Kahlo and J.K. Rowling, who never received Time’s Person of the Year. It also re-honors women who have been given the title, like Serena Williams and Hillary Clinton. To supplement the list, the magazine created 89 new covers while leaving 11 intact.
“I joined Time in 2012, when over the course of a year just a handful of women were featured on the cover,” Time Executive Editor Kelly Conniff wrote in an editor's letter for the project. “In 2019, Time featured more solo women on its cover than men for the first time in our 97-year history. The world has changed and Time has too, but there have always been women worthy of Time’s cover."