Time Magazine selected “The Silence Breakers” as its 91st “Person of the Year.” The #MeToo movement that began with a single act of courage and exploded into a worldwide discussion over sexual harassment, was featured solemnly on the 2017 cover.
According to the magazine, President Trump was runner-up for the title, and Chinese President Xi Jinping was third in placement.
Time chose a grouping of brave, influential individuals including Taylor Swift, Ashley Judd, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, and the face-hidden suggestion of a woman who represents those who have not yet come forward.
Time Magazine bases its yearly cover on what they believe most influenced news in the past year. The Silence Breakers, named for the #MeToo, brought hundreds of thousands of men and women into the conversation and revelation of rampant sexual harassment.
The magazine’s editor refers to the movement as “The fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades.” They listened to personal recounts from well-known personalities like Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Terry Crews, Selma Blair, and Alyssa Milano, business leaders like Susan Fowler, and unnamed hospital workers in middle America.
The Today show was recently rocked by its own harassment scandal that resulted in Matt Lauer being removed from his longtime run as one of the show’s anchors.
The show focused on the importance of the subject matter, and the identification of sexual misconduct in various forms and situations.
“This is the just the start, and I’ve been saying from the beginning that it’s not just a moment, it’s a movement.” – #MeToo creator Tarana Burke
Time Magazine disclosed is shortlist of “Person of the Year” nominees included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the Dreamers, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who launched a national protest against racism and police brutality, special prosecutor Robert Mueller, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.