Glamour magazine revealed its Women of the Year for 2013 on “Today” Monday (Nov. 11), followed by the annual ceremony later that evening.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, tells “Today” what they are looking for in the women they select.
“We look for women who are really raising the bar for all of us. Also women who are not just having the hit songs and being in headlines, but using that visibility to do something amazing for the rest of the world,” says Leive.
That’s why Malala Yousafzai was ultimately chosen as the Woman of the Year. The 16-year-old Pakistani girl was famously shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out against limiting girls’ access to education.
In her speech, Malala says, “I believe the gun has no power because a gun can only kill. But a pen can give life.”
Other honorees include Lady Gaga, Gabby Gifford & Mark Kelly, Catherine Martin, Kerry Washington, Liya Kebede & Christy Turlington Burns, Ntaalie Massenet, Carissa Moore, Barbra Streisand, Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis and Melinda Gates.