TIME’s Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers

TIME’s Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers

TIME Magazine is one of the most recognized magazines in the US, even internationally. The magazine had its start in 1923 New York City, and as of this year they have over 3 million circulations. Just 4 years after the magazine’s inauguration, the Person of the Year was born (formerly known as “Man of the Year” or “Woman of the Year” until 1999). Former winners include Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and Pope John Paul II. This year the “Silence Breakers” were chosen as Person of the Year, but who exactly are they?

The Silence Breakers refers to all the people, both men and women, who spoke up about the sexual harassment/abuse attacks. According to TIME themselves, their Person of the Year edition “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’”, and this year it was the Silence Breakers. The women on the cover of the magazine include strawberry picker Isabel Pascual (pseudonym), actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, lobbyist Adama Iwu, software engineer Susan Fowler and an anonymous hospital worker (she remained anonymous for fear of putting her family in danger).

Sexual harassment has always been a relevant issue for women, especially those in Hollywood. However, the fight against this abuse didn’t blow up until the creation of #MeToo, a social media hashtag created by Tarana Burke in 2006, which allowed women to share their personal experiences of sexual harassment and abuse. Surprising how in a blink of an eye people felt empowered by all the other voices speaking up, calling out the guilty. This lead to a wave of people, especially Hollywood celebs, calling out their famous sexual abusers. Some of the guilty parties revealed include Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Louis C.K., Roy Moore, Brett Ratner, and honestly the list could go on for days. Many of these men have been dropped from their projects, flat out fired, lost campaigns, and more, which is well deserved considering the fear and humiliation their victims have to live with every day.

To make this edition even better, the Silence Breakers beat out Donald Trump for this year’s edition. Many celebs and personalities also took to their social media to express their gratitude and to continue spreading the message that the fight is not over.

The 2017 edition TIME’s Person of the Year includes the countless sexual harassment stories of women and men and how they have dealt with these unfortunate situations. It’s eye-opening, heartbreaking, and beautiful all at the same time. Make sure to read it for yourself here, because we think it is one of the most brilliant pieces TIME has written to date.

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