Caitlyn Jenner, Reese Witherspoon and More Named Glamour’s 2015 Women of the Year

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

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 honourees as Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year.

The former Olympian – who was married to Kris Jenner, 59, for two decades – said: ‘I am just excited about the future for the first time in a long, long time. ‘And that is a nice feeling to have…. 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 on Thursday. On the cover of the magazine’s Nov. 10 issue is Reese Witherspoon, honored not only for her onscreen performances but also for her production company, Pacific Standard.

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. Jenner won the distinction because “she made the decision to transition publicly — so that in the future kids don’t have to wait until they’re 65 years old to discover who they are,” Los Angeles LGBT Center rep Alex Schmider told the magazine. “I started thinking, Maybe this is why God put me on earth,” said Jenner, who recently accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs and premiered her own E! docu-series, “I Am Cait.” “This issue has been swept under the rug for so long. 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.

Jenner’s inclusion in particular led to some social media backlash — both because she is trans and because of her family’s wealth and privilege. “[It] certainly gives you an appreciation for the hostility to the trans community that still exists out there,” said editor-in-chief Cindi Leive in response. 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.

Comedian Amy Schumer will open the magazine’s upcoming awards ceremony, while Jennifer Hudson and Ellie Goulding will also perform for the honorees and illustrious guests. 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. Australian-born feminist writer Germaine Greer, who previously blamed Jenner for stealing the spotlight from the Kardashian-Jenner clan’s female members, blasted the television star on BBC2’s Newsnight. “I think misogyny plays a really big part in all of this, 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,” she said. “I honestly think that naming Caitlyn as woman of the year when she hasn’t even been woman for a year is an insult to women worldwide,” wrote @Eggroll. “Adding a second transgender woman to a 397-winner list … is not, in our view, misogyny,” she wrote in a statement. “It’s a recognition that there are all types of women in this world, and plenty of glory to go around.” “Where there is hateful chatter on Twitter, there is just as much, if not more, love and support. 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. 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.

— 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. — 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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