‘man’ of the year – 1975

Featured Image // Description TIME Magazine DESCRIPTION TIME Magazine awards ‘Man of the Year” cover to women DATE January 6, 1975 COVER CREDIT DIRCK HALSTEAD; NEIL LEIFER; DENNIS BRACL; DAVID BURNETT; DAVID HUME KENNERLY; STEVE NORTHUP; D. HALSTEAD; D. BURNETT; ART SHAY; B.PIERCE; JULIAN WASSER; JOHN ZIMMERMAN SOURCE time.com

On January 6th, 1975, TIME Magazine awarded its annual ‘Man of the Year’ cover to ‘Women of the Year’.  The cover featured 12 women from various fields, but the true emphasis of the article (see below) acknowledged the degree of social change that had been achieved.

“American women, if they have not arrived, are the process of arrival. Just how far they will go—and how fast—is not totally clear, for women are themselves altering the destination, changing it from a man’s world to something else.”

The article not only acknowledged that women were “not quite the same subordinate creatures they were before” but also gave praise to women’s drive because it “…penetrated every layer of society, matured beyond ideology to a new status of general—and sometimes unconscious—acceptance”.

Note that the “acceptance” referred to in the article was not actually put into practice until 1999 (24 years later) when TIME finally changed the title of the award from ‘Man of the Year’ to ‘Person of the Year’ (cue slow clap).

WOMEN OF THE YEAR: Great Changes, New Chances, Tough Choices