NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One name on Glamour Magazine’s new “Women of the Year” list is generating buzz on social media, as well as the streets of New York City.
U2 singer Bono made the list for his “Poverty is Sexist” campaign, which advocates for education and AIDs protection for girls around the world.
“I’m stumped,” Jimmy Peters, of the Upper West Side, said.
“He shows an example for other guys,” Alex Farque, of Mexico, said.
“I think it’s interesting, but do they know who Bono is?” John Divine, of Fort Green, Brooklyn, asked.
Across the five boroughs, CBS2 found no shortage of reaction to the magazine’s decision to name the first man to its “Women of the Year” list.
Bono graces the inside cover, along with eight women, including Gwen Stefani and body image activist Ashley Graham.
“There’s no reason for him to be there. If they could give an explanation that would help, I think,” Jasmin Lane, of Queens, said.
A spokeswoman for Glamour Magazine told CBS2’s Jessica Moore they decided to put Bono on the list as a way to recognize what men can and should do to help women around the world.
Loyal readers are mixed on the magazine’s decision.
“I think Glamour honoring Bono reinforces the idea that men and women have to work together to progress women’s rights. And I don’t think for one second that it takes away from all the hard work that all these other women have done,” Loren Raye, of Boston, said.
“I battle for gender equality,” Pascale Yensen, of Brooklyn said. “That’s great, but do it quietly and don’t win an award for being woman of the year. Do you know how many amazing women could’ve won that?”
“It’s kind of frustrating. Why do men keep getting credit for women?” Conaugh-Mae Cutler, of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, asked.
Jennifer Abcug, a psychotherapist and women’s rights activist, calls the decision “loaded.”
“It’s like we have all these bad guys. Here’s this great guy. Let’s show the world that men can get behind women. But to be in lieu of, in place of, all these other women who were overlooked because of this, it’s hard,” Abcug said.
Other names on the list include Stanford rape survivor Emily Doe and French finance minister Christine Lagarde.
Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles is also listed.