Time's Person of the Year: 'Silence Breakers' speaking out against sexual harassment


Time magazine has named the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault, epitomised by the #MeToo social media hashtag, as the most influential "person" of 2017.

In the wake of sexual misconduct revelations about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and dozens of other prominent men in United States politics, media and entertainment, millions of people worldwide have shared their stories about being sexually harassed and assaulted. The social media #MeToo campaign also played a significant role in the number of cases of misconduct that were revealed by encouraging individuals to share their stories of abuse on social media.

US President Donald Trump - who won the 2016 award following his shock election victory over Hillary Clinton - is also cited as a source of inspiration for women to speak out, after he entered the White House despite a recording of him boasting of grabbing women by the p**** being made public just weeks prior. The publication gave the title to the "The Silence Breakers" of the #MeToo movement for giving a voice to those who have been sexually harassed and assaulted. Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Uber engineer Susan Fowler, corporate lobbyist Adama Iwi, and Isabel Pascual, a strawberry picker from Mexico. People from the magazine disputed Trump's claim, and now we have a new Person Of The Year.

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"The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover.along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s", the magazine said in its announcement.

Included in the Time feature are Harvey Weinstein accusers, including actress Rose McGowan, who has been one of the most outspoken individuals on the topic of sexual harassment.

Whilst speaking to Buzzfeed News, Time National Correspondent Charlotte Alter went on to explain that, "a huge part of this story we're trying to tell here is that as much as the stigma around this has been removed this year because of the "Me Too" movement, it's still really hard for a lot of people to come forward".