Phoebe Bridgers Is a 'TIME' Woman of the Year

The singer-songwriter joins Cate Blanchett, Angela Bassett, Quinta Brunson and more 2023 honourees

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Mar 2, 2023

Not to be a punisher about it, but Phoebe Bridgers has been named one of TIME's 2023 Women of the Year — an honour she shares with Cate Blanchett, Angela Bassett (she did the thing!) and Quinta Brunson.

After reuniting with her boygenius bandmates onstage at Carnegie Hall for the first time since 2018 for last night's (March 1) Tibet House Benefit, the singer-songwriter is set to perform solo at the exclusive, invite-only TIME Women of the Year gala in Los Angeles on International Women's Day (March 8), as per The Hollywood Reporter.

Bridgers is one of 12 women being recognized as "extraordinary leaders" — a list that extends beyond Hollywood to include professional athletes Megan Rapinoe and Ramla Ali, activists Ayisha Siddiqa, Olena Shevchenko and Verónica Cruz Sánchez, journalist Masih Alinejad, CEO Makiko Ono and politician Anielle Franco. 

"TIME's mission is to shine a light on the people and ideas that are making the world a better place," TIME CEO Jessica Sibley said in a statement. "The 2023 TIME Women of the Year are leading us all toward a more equal world and affecting real change through their efforts and commitments to climate activism, human rights, social justice and more."

In her accompanying interview with the publication, Bridgers spoke about her sense of political responsibility — from her promise to cover "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls when Trump lost the 2020 election to her vocal support of abortion rights.

The singer-songwriter also touched on her past relationship with accused abuser Ryan Adams, from which she was at least able to get some decent advice: "Strangely, well, not strangely — life is complex — Ryan Adams sent me a really long email once about how I needed to write the truth, because it's the only thing that's interesting about me," Bridgers told Annabel Gutterman. "The more honest I am, the world just keeps opening up for me."

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