The iconic TIME’s magazine has chosen its 2017 Person of the Year. Interestingly, it is not one, but many people who made it to cover. The TIME’s Person of the Year are the Silence Breakers, the women and men who have come out to speak against sexual harassment and abuse in America.
Edward Felsenthal, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, made the announcement on NBC’s Today show on Wednesday, mentioning "the galvanizing actions of the women on our cover.” The women who featured on the cover included actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu, Mexican agricultural worker Isabel Pascual, and another women whose face cannot be seen.
It all began with Judd who spoke against the sexual harassments of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in early October. Swift also spoke against DJ David Mueller, alleged that he groped her while taking a picture. Swift, eventually, went on to win her lawsuit against Mueller for $1. Speaking about Uber’s culture of sexual harassment, Susan Fowler made the gruesome revelations. Adama Iwu was the one to reveal the sexual misconducts in California’s politics. ‘Isabel Pascual’, which is a pseudonym for a woman from Mexico who picks strawberries for a living, was harassed and was part of the 700,000 female farmworkers who marched in solidarity with Hollywood actors against sexual assault in November.
As for the woman featured to the right of the cover whose face cannot be seen is said to represent the anonymous women and men, who had come forward with their experiences
TIME’s Person of the Year comes across as no surprise given that #MeToo turned out to be the strongest movement of the year invoking not just women but men too, to talk about being sexually harassed. However, it does not come without controversy. One person who missed the slot to be on the magazine’s coveted page is US President Donald Trump. Earlier in the month of November, he tweeted about a call from TIME magazine stating he might be considered to be their Person of the Year. Though TIME dismissed making such a call to the President, it did set of a sarcasm movement where famous names like Andy Murray and Stephen King all hailed they had been called by TIME and BBC respectively to be their person of the year.