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She was regarded as the most influential woman of 1992, when she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live in protest of abuse by the Catholic Church.
Sinéad O'Connor has been placed on TIME magazine's 100 Women of the Year list, celebrating 100 influential women of the last century who were "often overshadowed".
O'Connor is chosen to represent 1992, the year she challenged the Catholic Church by tearing up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live and openly speaking about the abuse she suffered.
Actor and director Olivia Wilde wrote the tribute to O'Connor.
"As an Irishwoman, O’Connor was aware of the danger of criticizing a powerful entity like the church. She took that risk in order to publicly demand justice for children who were sexually abused by members of the clergy. Nine years after her performance, Pope John Paul II acknowledged and apologized for the church’s long history of sexual abuse," she wrote.
The list is also comprised of politicians, activists and entertainers such as Beyoncé, Pussy Riot, Michelle Obama, Greta Thunberg and Toni Morrison.
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