Posted by: ryanpatecell | November 26, 2012

TIME’s Person of the Year,28804,2128881_2128882,00.html

It’s that time of year that Time Magazine selects their candidates to be Person of the Year for 2012. I decided to look at the list purely to see how many women were selected. Out of the 40 people that made the cut, only 6 were women. Six. Out of all of the wonderful women in this world and all that they do for our countries and our communities, only six are in the running for this honor. When 85% of the list is male, it severely limits the diversity and recognition women receive. In the next several posts, I’ll go through each woman leader that was nominated. Although none of them are likely to win, I think they deserve every bit of the title.

Gabrielle Douglas: You might ask why she even made the list because she’s just an athlete, but she has been a great representation of the United States and an inspiration for women in sports. She won two gold medals at the London Olympic Games, which shows an immense amount of determination, dedication, and strength. At only 16 years old, she became the first U.S. gymnast to win both the all-around and team golds in a single Games, and the first African-American gymnast to win the Olympic all-around title. While these are tremendous accomplishments that many can only dream about, I find her inspiring for her team building and sportsmanship abilities. She consistently cheered on her teammates when they were performing, encouraging them to go above and beyond and give it their all. She comforted them when they made a mistake and was behind them every step of the way. Not only was she a team player, but she was extremely respectful of the other competing countries. She politely watched as the other gymnasts performed and was happy to shake their hands or give them a hug at the end of a long, hard-fought day. Gabby embodies a leader in many forms, and she captivated the United States and the rest of the world, despite, she says, being the victim of bullying early in her career. The fact that she has come so far and not let bullying set her back is wonderful. She’s such an influence to young girls who hope to follow their dreams and overcome the hardships that are encountered at an increasingly earlier age.





  1. I am so glad that Gabby Douglas is on the list. She is an inspiration and I think an unexpected role model for young children. She is a reminder that it is okay to be what you want and do what you can to achieve your dreams. If young children see this, maybe they will reach out to do the same. She is blazing a trail for those below her, and them being able to see that makes leadership and a position of influence more appealing and achievable.

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