Caitlyn Jenner named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year

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Caitlyn Jenner Honored for Transgender Activism: ‘I Am Just Excited About the Future’.

The former Olympian — who had a monumental year after revealing her transgender identity and transitioning from male to female — was joined by a slew of powerful fellow female trailblazers.

NEW YORK — Caitlyn Jenner, Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland and five women touched by the South Carolina church massacre and lauded in the aftermath as “The Peacemakers of Charleston” are among this year’s honorees as Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year. Victoria Beckham, billionaire entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, Planned Parenthoood’s Cecile Richards and the women’s FIFA soccer Team USA round out the Class of 2015, announced Thursday. Branded the “Transgender Champion,” the 66-year-old reality TV star will be honored with her fellow winners at an awards ceremony in New York City Nov. 9.

Ever since revealing that she was “born with the soul of a female” to Diane Sawyer in April and making her stylish debut as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair , she’s used her celebrity status as a platform for issues that disproportionately affect the transgender community, like suicide and bullying. “I started thinking, Maybe this is why God put me on earth. When that happy day arrives, with all the nonsense going up in steam if not smoke, credit should not go to Donald Trump, the angry warrior against all things PC. Glamour magazine, a journal not so much about feminine glamour as how young women can deal with their insecurities in the millennial age, set up the implosion — perhaps explosion is more accurate — with the announcement that it would name Caitlyn Jenner the “co-woman of the year” with its November issue. Witherspoon was selected for the magazine’s December cover, to hit newsstands Nov. 10, while Jenner, Copeland and Holmes will be pictured on foldout covers.

Not just for me, but for this entire community.” The transgender rights advocate opened up to Glamour about reaching a breaking point during her gender transition, going so far as to contemplate using the gun she kept in her house. “Go in there, no more pain,” she recalled telling herself. On Wednesday, she was overwhelmed with gratitude as she celebrated her first official year as a transgender woman. “Celebrating my 66th birthday with 66 special moments from this incredible year. Some women, prominently the feisty Australian feminist icon Germaine Greer, at 76 moving beyond what the French call “a certain age,” scoff that the choice is a betrayal of real women. Some women, most of them younger women with no memory of the women’s liberation movement — when the Texas country singer Kinky Friedman would sing of women to “get your biscuits in the oven and your buns in the bed, women’s liberation is going to your head” — demanded that Cardiff University in Wales cancel Ms. You have to make your life interesting.’” Jenner‘s inclusion on the list, rumored as early as last week, ignited bickering over whether the wealthy athlete-turned-reality star deserved the honor.

Greer’s scheduled speech there on “Women and Power — The Lessons of the 20th Century.” This was what our parents, who were so 20th century, would have called “the Catfight at the Not-so-OK Corral.” Modern women wouldn’t be caught dead at that corral, but what the diplomats call an exchange of views has turned hot, heavy and ugly, even “vulgar,” just when we thought the very concept of vulgarity had been abandoned, wounded and bleeding, in that benighted century. Greer, whose book, “The Female Eunuch,” became a bible of spirited feminism in the 1970s, and she was celebrated as the liberated woman a lot of women thought it might be fun to be. She accuses Glamour magazine of “misogyny,” and observes that Caitlyn Jenner has not had transgender surgery, and besides, transgender men-to-women are “not women and do not look like, sound like or behave like women.” Misogyny plays a big choice in such an award, the notion “that a man who goes to these lengths to become a woman will be a better woman than someone who is just born a woman.” Other women rushed to share her point. The writer Nicole Russell says “Glamour endorses the idea that men are better at being women than we are.” New York magazine’s cover of transgendered Martine Rothblatt as “the highest-paid female CEO in the nation,” she argues, seems to make the point that “real women can’t cut it, so we’ve got to import men into our ranks to win awards.” Germaine Greer was accused of “hurtful comments,” which she robustly dismisses as child-like and irrelevant. “Try being an old woman,” she replied. “For goodness’ sake, people get hurt all the time.

— Witherspoon: She co-founded a production company, Pacific Standard, and started buying up books and scripts featuring female protagonists as a way to fight the gender gap in Hollywood. By 2015, the company’s “Wild” and “Gone Girl” earned Oscar nominations for Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Rosamund Pike. • Copeland: She became the first female African-American principal at the American Ballet Theatre in June. The year 2015 will be remembered as the year we trashed all things Southern and set out to eliminate all traces of important parts of our history, measured our words in fear and embraced the yearning to be what we aren’t. Anyone who uses the words bossy, silly, hysterical or shrill to describe any woman who might “in fact be bossy, silly, hysterical or shrill, or mentions that women bear children, or fails to mention that women bear children,” writes Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women’s Forum, invites the wrath and terror of the feminist police.

She fought back from injuries and prevailed. • Jenner: After years of hiding her true self, the Olympic hero and Kardashian-Jenner family reality TV parent has faced her share of critics since coming out as a trans woman earlier this year, including some within the trans community who felt her wealth and privilege made her an outsider in their world, too. Someone from another planet, arriving on a spaceship from Venus with a stop on Mars, to investigate the strange noises on Earth, would be astonished to learn that so much of that noise is made by so few. Jenner, who turned 66 on Wednesday, vowed to educate herself while educating others through her docuseries, “I Am Cait,” which was just picked up by E! for a second season. • Charleston Strong: The June shooting at the black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, brought on mass protests over racial injustice. A review by the Williams Institute, cited in a Gallup Poll in 2012, found that only 3.4 percent of all American adults identify themselves as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered, and only 0.3 percent say they are transgendered. Campus feminists, like those who demand that Germaine Greer be banished from Cardiff U., are the leaders in stamping out diversity in American universities, forcing their betters to rescind speaking invitations to the likes of Condoleezza Rice, Christine Lagarde, Christina Hoff Sommers and Ayaan Hirsi Ali — powerful, accomplished women all. “You fight your way from the trenches to the throne,” says the feminist author Kaite Welsh, “overthrow the regime and set about remaking the world in your own image, only to realize that you have become the only thing you most despise.” Just so.

Alana Simmons, Nadine Collier, Bethane Middleton-Brown, Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard lost loved ones and two nearly their own lives, but all, one by one, stood up in a courtroom at the bond hearing for the young, white defendant and declared their anger but not their hate. • Beckham: She came to the fashion world as a Spice Girl celebrity but rolled up her sleeves to make her own way as a designer as she balanced life as the wife of David Beckham and mother of their four children, some of whom have followed her into the industry. She has also helped raise several million dollars for AIDS research. • Team USA: Early on, the U.S. national team had been written off as having no chance of taking the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

They dominated and became vocal advocates for women in soccer. • Holmes: She founded her fledgling blood-testing company, now called Theranos, in her dorm room after dropping out of Stanford as an undergraduate but convincing an engineering professor to admit her into his graduate research lab. Her mission: to democratize access to potentially lifesaving lab testing by making it painless, accessible and affordable. • Richards: The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the daughter of a civil rights lawyer-dad and a politician woman, the late Texas Gov.

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