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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Caitlyn Jenner in the running for Women of the Year awards

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TV personality and activist Caitlyn Jenner speaks onstage during the Point Foundation's Annual Voices On Point Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on October 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Point Foundation)
TV personality and activist Caitlyn Jenner speaks onstage during the Point Foundation's Annual Voices On Point Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on October 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Point Foundation)

Caitlyn Jenner, actress Reese Witherspoon, ballet dancer Misty Copeland and Victoria Beckham, are among this year's honorees as Glamour magazine's Women of the Year.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards, five women touched by the Carolina church massacre, and the USA's women's soccer team USA round out the Class of 2015, announced yesterday. They will be honoured at a gala on November 9 at Carnegie Hall.

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Witherspoon was selected for the magazine's December cover, to hit news stands on November 10, while Jenner, Copeland and Holmes will be pictured on foldout covers.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the awards celebrating the achievements of diverse women in entertainment, fashion, politics and business. Amy Schumer will open the ceremony that draws a star-studded crowd each year. Former honorees Madeleine Albright, Serena Williams and Billie Jean King will be among the guests to help mark the awards' quarter-century. Jennifer Hudson and Ellie Goulding will perform.

The honorees announcement came just a few days after word of Jenner's inclusion leaked, prompting a backlash on social media with criticism of her inclusion as a transgender woman of wealth and privilege.

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