The winner of the magazine’s 91st Person of the Year award was announced on Wednesday morning.
TIME Editor Edward Felsenthal spoke of ‘the Silence Breakers’ creating ‘the fastest moving social change in decades’.
He said, ‘It began by individual acts of courage by hundreds of women, and some men too.’
The magazines cover image features Ashley Judd, one of the first to publicly shame Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein and Taylor Swift, who sued former-DJ David Mueller for grabbing her bottom.
Judd and Swift are photographed alongside Isabel Pascual, a strawberry picker from Mexico, Adama Iwu – an American lobbyist, and Susan Fowler, an ex-Uber engineer whose allegations overthrew the company’s CEO.
Tarana Burke, founder of a nonprofit that helps survivors of sexual violence, created the Me Too movement in 2006 to encourage young women to show solidarity with one another. It went viral this year after actor @milano_alyssa used the hashtag #MeToo. “Sexual harassment does bring shame. And I think it’s really powerful that this transfer is happening, that these women are able not just to share their shame but to put the shame where it belongs: on the perpetrator.” Burke (@fortyisthenew40) is among the Silence Breakers, TIME's Person of the Year. Read the full story on TIME.com. Photograph by Billy & Hells for TIME. #TIMEPOY
Tanara Burke, who created the Me Too initiative before it took Twitter by storm in 2017.
Tweeters have commended the #SilenceBreakers for equality.
Many were quick to spot an arm at the bottom of TIME’s cover image.
The arm belongs to a female hospital worker who feared going public would be a threat to her livelihood.
Others seemed to prefer the idea that the arm is a representation of anyone who has ever suffered as a result of sexual misconduct. Even those who are yet to speak out.
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Words: Katherine Docherty | Subbing: Olivia Herring