Today, TIME announced their Person of the Year as The Silence Breakers, women (and men) who came forward with their stories about being victims of pervasive sexual harassment and assault. Time’s Person of the Year is an annual issue that features and profiles a person, a group, an idea, or an object that “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year”.
According to Time’s Editor in Chief Edward Fesenthal on the selection of their Person of the Year:
It became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage. The actor who went public with the story of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s “coercive bargaining” in a Beverly Hills hotel suite two decades earlier. The strawberry picker who heard that story and decided to tell her own. The young engineer whose blog post about the frat-boy culture at Silicon Valley’s highest-flying startup prompted the firing of its founder and 20 other employees. The California lobbyist whose letter campaign spurred more than 140 women in politics to demand that state government “no longer tolerate the perpetrators or enablers” of sexual misconduct. A music superstar’s raw, defiant court testimony about the disc jockey who groped her.
Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift and Isabel Pascual