I’ve never been accused of being a political correctness sympathizer, but even I find it odd that Time magazine has only named three individual women as its “Person of the Year.”
The magazine has awarding the honor since 1927, but has only given it to three women.
Even more curious, since bowing to political correctness in 1999 and renaming the “Man of the Year” award, the magazine has never awarded it to an individual woman.
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The last woman to win was Corazon Aquino in 1986. She bravely overthrew the corrupt government of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.
Marcos’ wife, Imelda, was infamous for collecting more than 3,000 pairs of expensive shoes.
The other two individual female winners are linked by British royalty.
Wallis Simpson, who won in 1936, was the American woman who married King Edward VIII, who had to abdicate the British throne to marry the twice-divorced socialite.
King Edward VIII’s brother was promoted and became King George VI. His oldest daughter became Queen Elizabeth II, the current British monarch and winner of Time’s “Man of the Year” award in 1952.
The first lady of China, Soong May-ling, who may or may not have slept with Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie, won the prize along with her husband, Chiang Kai-shek, in 1937.
Women have been included in groups that have been recognized by the magazine.
This year, for example, the winner was “The Ebola Fighters,” who thankfully beat out country music singer Taylor Swift, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Other groups include “American Women” (1976) and, after the word “man” was dropped from the title, “Whistleblowers” (2002) and “Good Samaritans” (2005).
“U.S. Scientists” won in 1960, when there were probably fewer females in science that there are today (15 percent according to some studies).
“The American Soldier” won in 2003 when there were probably fewer females in the military than there are today (once again, about 15 percent).
As bad as some choices have been lately, it is hard to top the back-to-back winners of 1938 and 1939 — Stalin and Hitler — who won, coincidentally, immediately after the aforementioned Wallis Simpson and Soong May-ling.
Stalin, a firm believer in the maxim “nice guys finish last,” won again in 1942.
At least twice, the winner has had no gender: “The Computer” (1982) and “The Endangered Earth” (1988, but it should have been “Life on Earth” since the planet will go on with or without us).
Why haven’t more women won the coveted cover prize? Do women get overlooked?
Or has society not yet produced enough women that deserve to win?
Looking through the list I found it odd Princess Diana didn’t win in 1997. That year the crown went to Andrew Grove, the CEO on Intel.
In 2012, Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai, who spoke out against the discrimination of girls and was shot in the face my Muslim extremists, was passed over for President Barack Obama, who had won earlier in 2008.
Yousafzai accepted a Nobel Peace Prize today. It’s just my opinion, but that probably looks a lot better on a resume than a magazine cover.
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