America is an excellent choice for Glamour’s Women of the Year issue, because she’s been vocal in her activism for a long time — long before Barbie gave her the monologue of the year; that just shone an extra light on it. There’s an as-told-to first-person piece accompanying the photos, but it feels very written, so I wonder if that’s really just “America Ferrera sent us answers to a series of prompts and we wove them together.” She talks a lot about food insecurity in her childhood, her collegiate struggle to balance wanting to act with wanting to do things she perceived as bigger and more impactful, and thoughts on the variety of causes she’s campaigned for over the years. I liked this: “It is so often the women who carry so much of the responsibility to create access and opportunity.” Very true. She is a good egg.

[Photos: Josefina Santos]