After 29 years, TIME has finally named a woman as its Person of the Year.
The magazine announced on the "Today" show this morning that German Chancellor Angela Merkel beat out Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and ISIS leader Abu Kabr al-Baghdadi for its yearly honor. (Trump, not surprisingly, isn't taking being a loser well.)
Merkel has made headlines this year for opening Germany's borders to thousands of refugees and for managing Europe's economic crisis.
"In a year where world leaders were tested all through the year, no one was tested the way she was, over and over again," TIME's managing editor Nancy Gibbs told Savannah Guthrie. "The threat to European peace and security really fell to her. She's been a very long-serving leader, the longest-serving in the west. She controls the world's fourth largest economy, but this year she really was tested in how she would respond to some of the most difficult challenges that any leader is facing in the world."
Last year's cover went to medics fighting the Ebola crisis — which did include women. And there have been some group covers that ostensibly included women, like in 2006 when the honor went to "You," and in 2003 when it went to "The Whistleblowers." But Merkel's the first with her own cover since Corazon C. Aquino, the first female president of the Philippines, who got it in 1986.
Let's try not to go another three decades without any women, OK?
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