By now you’ve probably heard President-elect Donald Trump has been named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year beating short-listed figures such as Hillary Clinton and Beyoncé. While it came as a surprise to many that the publication would choose who they call “the President of the divided states of America,” it’s no surprise that this person is a man.
In the last 89 years, only seven women have been named Person of the Year. In fact, until 1999 the title was ‘Man of the Year’ though exceptions were made. Wallis Simpson, Queen Elizabeth II, Corazon Aquino, and Soong Mei-ling all made the magazine cover, however Mei-Ling had to share it with her husband as ‘Man and Wife of the Year.’ Post-1999 we’ve seen Cynthia Cooper, Coleen Rowley and Sherron Watkins on the cover in 2002, Melinda Gates (along with Bill Gates and Bono) in 2005, and Angela Merkel last year. We should also mention 1975’s issue was dedicated to all (well, mostly white) American women. How Oprah has never been selected is a mystery.
So, what gives? This is what TIME has to say.
“For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year.”
A fair assessment from a publication that has proven over the years to have a very unfair vetting process.