The “silence breakers,” also known as the women behind this year’s #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, have been announced as Time magazine’s 2017 “Person of the Year.”
“The 2017 person of the year is the silence breakers, the voices that launched a movement,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said today in making the announcement on NBC News’ “Today” show. Felsenthal called the #MeToo movement the “fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades 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.”
The five featured on the Time cover are actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber software engineer Susan Fowler, California lobbyist who Adama Iwu, and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual. They all who went public with the stories of sexual harassment they said they faced in the workplace.
President Trump was the first runner-up.
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017