So THIS happened on Monday.
so many phenomenal women were honored. Truly inspiring stories. Head here for all of them. Keep reading for my personal fave.
Particularly pumped about this choice since I’ve had a Bono crush since birth . . . or at least the 5th grade.
It began when my brother and sister were grounded (long but amusing story that actually made the cut at Genine’s memorial.) My parents poured salt in the wound by bringing their bratty little sister (yours truly) and my best friend Jenny Nichols to the U2 Joshua Tree tour at the Hartford Civic Center. I remember as we were leaving the house that night, I was pretty bummed to miss The Cosby Show. In my defense, it was a Thursday night in 1987. The Thursday night NBC line-up was solid.
So I learned an important lesson early in life – always welcome the chance for a unique experience – even during a really good TV show. Turned out to be a good choice. (Aaaaand pretty sure Bill Cosby isn’t winning any awards these days. Just sayin’.)
The night was pure magic. Being 4 feet tall, the crowd supported us as we stood on our seats in awe of thousands of lighters ablaze. We exited the stadium to the masses singing “40” – we walked and sang in unity for what seems like an eternity. It was mind-blowing as an 11 year old and my heart actually aches with sentimentality when I listen to this rendition.
Imagine my delight when 30 years later none other than Bono and wife Ali Hewson join forces with Beautycounter. Then imagine my FOMO when they bring our founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew to the Glamour Women of the Year Awards as their special guest. (luckiest -and deserving- duck!)
THEN imagine my pride when I hear what Bono said to the crowd Monday night.
“I asked my wife, Ali, tonight on receiving this award what I should say, And she just repeated what she’s been telling me since we were teenagers, which is, ‘Don’t look down at me, but don’t look up at me either. Look across to me. I’m here.’“
He then said,
“Look across to women. Make equality a priority. It is the only way forward. The train is leaving the station. Be on it or be under it.”