"In 1976, I wondered why TIME didn't have a triumphant Patti Smith on its cover," writes Michael Stipe. He also suggests they put her on the cover now. For now, she'll have to settle for being one-hundredth of the annual Time 100 Most Influential People.
Thirty-three of said influentials are women; one, Kate Middleton, shares a slot with her betrothed. (Above, Amy Chua, with the real tigers the magazine apparently sprang for.) Last year, the number was 31. Who says women's progress has stalled?