The women and men of the #MeToo movement are Time’s 2017 Person of the Year.
Time has chosen its 2017 Person of the Year: the Silence Breakers, the women and men who have come forward to shed light on sexual harassment and abuse in America.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, made the announcement on NBC’s Today show on Wednesday, citing “the galvanizing actions of the women on our cover.” Those women featured on the cover include actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu, Mexican agricultural worker Isabel Pascual, and one woman whose face cannot be seen.
In a statement, Felsenthal also honored the courage of “hundreds of others, and of many men as well, [who] have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s.”
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017
Judd was one of the first women to come forward with allegations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in early October. Swift made headlines in a court case against former radio DJ David Mueller, whom she alleged groped her while taking a picture; Swift won her lawsuit against him for $1. Fowler spoke out about Uber’s culture of sexual harassment, and Iwu spearheaded a campaign to expose sexual misconduct in California politics. “Isabel Pascual” is a pseudonym for a woman from Mexico who works picking strawberries who was harassed, and was part of the 700,000 female farmworkers who marched in solidarity with Hollywood actors against sexual assault in November.
The woman featured to the right of the cover whose face cannot be seen represents the unnamed women — and men — who have come forward anonymously with reports.
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