We Heart: Time’s Retrospective “100 Women of the Year” List

U.S. history books often tell the story of the world from a Western, male-centric perspective.

In an effort to uplift the stories of powerful women who may have been forgotten in the retelling of history over the years, TIME published a list called “100 Women of the Year” to recognize remarkable women from the past century.

Though the publication changed their annual award’s title from “Man of the Year” to “Person of the Year” in 1999, the name shift did not necessarily favor men less: Only 11 of TIME’s Person of the Year covers have actually included women. These 11 were kept in this new list; artists designed 89 new covers for the other years.

The new list begins with a group of women: the suffragists in 1920. Several groups of women are featured, including the silence breakers—who actually received the TIME title in 2017—and the bus riders—who boycotted the bus system in 1955 after Rosa Parks’s arrest.

Intersectional feminism seemed to be a priority throughout the list—not just when representing groups of women. Many of the individuals featured are people of color, non-American women and other minority groups often forgotten in the retelling of history.

Ms. is also proud to have our famous co-founder Gloria Steinem represent the year 1970.

“I have been refused service in public restaurants, ordered out of public gathering places and turned away from apartment rentals,” Steinem told her almost all-male audience, “all for the clearly stated, sole reason that I am a woman.” (Time)

Each decade has its own standard cover design, unifying all ten of the newly-designed covers. The fonts and frames seem to accurately reflect the decades for which they were chosen. All of the covers look like they could have actually come from their assigned years.


Prints of most of the covers are available to purchase after clicking on an individual issue. Feminists everywhere can decorate their homes with redesigns that are rewriting history.

Groundbreaking women change the world every year. Thankfully, Time took a moment to recognize that.

Read more about the project, and explore the 100 covers.


Fiona is a journalism student at the University of Southern California. When not in the office nor in class, she is often found photographing her friends, attending local concerts and eating sourdough toast.