Sandra Fluke Is Nominated For Time’s Person of the Year
12:30 pm, November 27th | by Carmen Shardae Jobson
Sandra Fluke will remain a household name through the end of 2012, as Time Magazine has nominated the graduate of Georgetown Law
as one of forty up for the annual title of “Person of the Year,” part of their commemorative year-end issue. You likely remember the unfortunate incident in which radio host Rush Limbaugh labeled Fluke a “slut” for her advocacy for university insurance-covered contraception, which led her to testify in front of Congress. Her vilification by Limbaugh served as the unofficial spark plug for the debate over women’s reproductive rights that divided the nation for much of the election season.
From The Daily Caller:
She is joined on Time’s candidate list by 2008 Person of the Year President Obama, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 1992′s Man of the Year and former President Bill Clinton, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu among others…
Last year, Time’s Person of the Year was “the protester,” in 2010 they selected Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and in 2009 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke received the honor.
Following the contraceptive debacle and spotlight shone upon her, she campaigned for Barack Obama’s re-election and spoke at the Democratic National Convention. While some people might speculate that her influence has waned following the election, her inclusion on the list is still noteworthy, as there haven’t been many women chosen for the award. The last individual woman to get the top dog spot was Corazón Aquino in 1986, when she became the first female President of the Philippines. While, the editors of Time
have the final word, readers can help leverage the vote by weighing in on the nominees starting December 12, with the results being revealed on December 14. Given that Fluke is so divisive online, that probably won’t be a totally fraught and divisive process, right? Right.