Is Caitlyn Jenner the woman of the year?

What has she done that other outstanding women haven't?

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Rev. Charles Brown

Writer Nicole Russell eloquently summed up Glamour magazine's 2015 choice for Woman of the Year when she stated, "By choosing Jenner as woman of the year, Glamour endorses the idea that men are better at being women than we are."

This eye-opening statement draws to the forefront a question that many may view as being inflammatory, discriminatory, taboo or simply off-limits.  Does transgender status override the biological sex assigned at birth?

Please allow me to ease your troubled mind and calm your rising temper.  By no stretch of the imagination is this article condoning or condemning one's sexual choice, classification, behavior or practice.  I am merely asking a question concerning the legitimacy of some of the recent decisions made within society as a whole, while using Glamour magazine's latest public assessment as a background.

In defense of Glamour's controversial selection, some argue that Jenner has not only given a voice to the transgender community, but may have also saved lives. I do not pretend to know the struggle the transgender community must face on a daily basis. I cannot imagine the internal and external obstacles in life that must be navigated in hopes of creating a sense of normalcy.

However, anyone selected, as either man or woman of the year should first have made a monumental contribution to the lives of those that he or she is representing before receiving such an accolade. In the words of Dr. Thomas D. Williams, "What in the world has Jenner done in the past year — other than get a makeover-that qualifies him as a model for achieving women around the world?"

I am not questioning Jenner as a person. I am questioning his accomplishments as they relates to the fight for justice and equality for women. I have watched countless women struggle to overcome social barriers in hopes of creating a better life for future generations and Jenner's nomination as Woman of the Year is a preverbal insult to them; as well as to many other powerful and influential women who have shattered the glass ceiling and made tremendous strides in a male-dominated environment. 

Great women like First Lady Michelle Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Philanthropist Melinda Gates, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Oprah Winfrey have all accomplished great strides in the pursuit of equality.

 I cannot help but to mention great women like my mother, who worked tirelessly to build and maintain a stable family. I cannot forget about the stay-at-home moms and single parents struggling to make ends meet, but yet surviving. Against all odds, women all over the world have broken the stereotypical model of feminine behavior and have created their own destinies.

In light of this, it stands to reason that looking like a woman does not define who or what a woman is. According to writer Laura Meyers, "It's what she does as a woman to overcome struggles of womanhood, to advance womanhood, to inspire womanhood, that deserves an award."

Therefore, I humbly ask: Is Caitlyn Jenner truly the Woman of the Year?

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Katherine from Chicago  

Posted: November 9th, 2015 11:07 PM

No, Caitlyn is not "woman of the year" per se. Her accomplishments do not add up to that. But by the same token she has brought us out of the closets and into the light where people can see us and see we are good people. That is worthy of recognition. We have hid too long. We should be proud of the girls we are, and show the world we are not freaks.

Betty from Bellwood  

Posted: November 7th, 2015 7:26 AM

I do not think he is qaulified as the woman of the year . whatever he does to her body he is still a man no matter what . Their are lots of qualified women why choose him? is it because he has the money, I don't think so. I do not strongly believed this. It is only the makeup that makes him look like a woman but he is a man to me Okay

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