Other recipients of Glamour Magazine's "Woman of the Year" award includes supermodel Ashley Graham, ISIS survivor Nadia Murad, and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.
The U2 frontman, famed for slipping into other people's spaces without invitation, has been named the first-ever man on the magazine's annual list of notable women.
'You know, men get a lot of awards and aren't exactly hurting in the celebration and honors department.
"But it started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things, and there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days", she continued. I got pulled into a crowded vehicle one night, heading for a party, and there was Bono.
Bono responded to the news, contending that the battle's just begun and more men must take action, stating: "We're largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions". "She wasn't sure", Bono tells me with a laugh.
The 56-year-old singer was recognized by the magazine for his One Foundation's "Poverty is Sexist" campaign, which aims to help the world's poorest women by advocating for increased educational opportunities and access to better healthcare. "She said I've work to do!"
And while my friend has sold 170 million albums and won 22 Grammys, what I admire most about him is his extraordinary talent for tackling problems that seem intractable-and making mighty and measurable gains.
Bono was chosen as the first recipient thanks to his charity work, such as poverty and AIDS prevention through his ONE and (RED) organisations, which he co-founded. Bono also has helped countless women stricken with AIDS through ONE, the worldwide advocacy organization he co-founded in 2004.
Roughly 62 million girls are denied a right to education around the world, according to a One report, and half a billion women can't read.
Glamour's Women of the Year are: U.S. singer Gwen Stefani, American Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, the three founders of Black Lives Matter, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde, American pop star Zendaya, Italian designer Miuccia Prada, Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad and plus-size model Ashley Graham.
CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour, a 2005 Glamour "Woman of the Year" honoree, wrote the magazine's profile for the historic selection and she expressed none of the reservations the rock legend did about the choice.