Moira Smith lost her life on the 11th September, 2001. She evacuated dozens of people from the South Tower before it collapsed, and was the only female police officer to die that day.
To honour her bravery, Glamour Magazine posthumously awarded her their ‘Woman of the Year’ award in 2001. Her husband was only too happy to accept it, but now, he’s sending it back.
Why? Because Glamour magazine awarded transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner with the same honour (or at least, nearly the same) this year.
Posting his wife’s award back to the magazine, along with an open letter, Smith’s husband said:
“I was shocked and saddened to learn that Glamour has just named Bruce Jenner “Woman of the Year”. I find it insulting to Moira Smith’s memory, and the memory of other heroic women who have earned this award.
Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man?”
Smith’s husband went on to say:
“At a time when we have women in the armed forces fighting and dying for our country, heroic doctors fighting deadly diseases, women police officers and firefighters putting their lives on the line for total strangers, brave women overcoming life threatening diseases…the list of possibilities goes on…is this the best you could do?”
Caitlyn Jenner – not Bruce – actually won the Transgender Champion award – and Smith’s transphobic words sadly invalidate any point he was trying to make. He could have just argued that simply being famous doesn’t make you any more deserving of a ‘Woman of the Year’ award than any other brave woman.
Glamour magazine stood by their decision, saying in a statement:
“We were proud to honor his wife . . . in 2001, and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner. Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards recognize women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.”