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TIME's Person Of The Year Hasn't Been A Solo Woman In 26 Years

President Obama won this year, but women like teen activist Malala Yousafzai and Yahoo CEO Marisa Mayer were shortlisted for the title.

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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.


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.


1986: Corazon Aquino

She served as president of the Philippines and was the most recent individual woman chosen by TIME for the iconic cover. Despite "Man of the Year" being the official designation at the time, the magazine labeled her "Woman of the Year."

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