'The Silence Breakers' named Time Magazine's Person of the Year
2017 has been a year of sexual harassment charges, and many of them have been against powerful figures across industries. Following charges against Harvey Weinstein in early October, countless other big names have been accused of sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement inspired women to speak out about their own experience with sexual harassment in their own lives.
Time has named their 2017 Person of the Year as all of those that spoke up against sexual harassment.
The decision to name the movement as their Person of the Year was announced on The Today Show on Wednesday. Time's editor in chief Edward Felsenthal said on the show, "This is the fastest moving social change we have seen in decades."
The special piece on Time's website includes a heart-wrenching video that features interviews from women and men that spoke out against sexual harassment and abuse. Those interviewed range from celebrities like Ashley Judd, Selma Blair, and Terry Crews to women in engineering positions to housekeepers and dishwashers.
"People are afraid. Especially when we are conditioned since birth, to be polite," says activist Rose McGowan in the video.
"We can't all be crazy, we can't all be sluts, we can't all be 'asking for it'," says Adama Iwu.
On the cover is five women who spoke out about harassment this year including Taylor Swift and Ashley Judd.