1. 2012: Barack Obama
The cover was announced Wednesday morning. President Obama has already been named “Person of the Year” by Time — in 2008. The magazine has recognized women as part of groups for its annual year-end honor, but not just one woman on her own since 1987.
7. 2006: You
It’s entirely possible that you’re a woman, but “You” still fails to recognize individually inspiring female leadership.
11. 2002: The Whistleblowers
It was great to see three women — Cynthia Cooper of Worldcom, Coleen Rowley of the FBI, Sherron Watkins of Enron — on the ‘02 cover, but still suggests no woman was strong enough a figure to stand on her own.
16. 1998: Kenneth Starr and Bill Clinton
This was the last year it was referred to as “Man of the Year.”
21. 1993: The Peacemakers
Yitzhak Rabin, Nelson Mandela, F.W. DeKlerk, and Yasser Arafat.