Silence Breakers' Named Time Magazine's Person of the Year


In an year, which has seen incredible number of women and also men coming out and narrating incidents of sexual harassment in work places leading to high profile exits, the TIME magazine has given the 2017 Person of the Year to the "The Silence Breakers".

"And it began by individual acts of courage by hundreds of women, and some men, too, who came forward to tell their stories of harassment and assault", he added.

Last year Time awarded Person of the Year to Trump, who had just won the election.

"For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, the Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year".

The cover features singer Taylor Swift, who sued a radio DJ who allegedly groped her during a photo for $1 and won; Ashely Judd, one of the first prominent women who came forward with accusations against Weinstein; Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who spoke out about harassment in the workplace; and a woman whose face is hidden, who has anonymously come forward with allegations against her employer.

Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the cover on Wednesday morning's Today show, which features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and a woman whose face is obscured, meant to represent the women who haven't yet come forward.

The choice was inspired in part by the #MeToo hashtag, which was created more than a decade ago by the activist Tarana Burke. Milano has said she wasn't aware of Burke's contributions when she made her initial tweet and has since publicly credited her.

"This is just the start". "It's vital to me that we really set in some actionable things that we can do to continue this momentum".

It's a recognition of the cultural reckoning this year and the #MeToo movement, which represents the people, mostly women, who have fueled a worldwide discussion about sexual harassment and assault.

Last month, Trump suggested he was going to be named Time Person of the Year again, but that he turned it down.

And Chinese President Xi Jinping, one of the world's most powerful leaders, was nominated, as was Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who this year became the richest man on the planet. The arm of a sixth person has also been included in this iconic cover - of a woman who gave Time an account of the incident she had faced - but declined to be pictured as it would "threaten her livelihood".