TIME Magazine’s 2017 ‘Person Of The Year’ Goes To Survivors Of Sexual Assault

By Izza Sofia, 07 Dec 2017

TIME magazine has crowned ‘The Silence Breakers’—women who activated the ‘#MeToo’ national outcry over sexual harassment—as its 2017 ‘Person of the Year’.

TIME’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the cover, which features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler.

“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,” Felsenthal explained.

‘#MeToo’ creator Tarana Burke also appeared on the Today show to discuss about the cover. Her hashtag went viral after Alyssa Milano shared it a few months back.

“I could never imagine this,” Burke said. “I could never have envisioned something that would change the world. I was trying to change my community. I’ve been saying from the beginning, it’s not just a moment, it’s a movement. And movements build over time and they’re strategic,” she said. “Now the work really begins. The hashtag is a declaration but now we’re poised to really stand up and do the work.”

The shortlist includes Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who launched a national protest against racism and police brutality.



Learn more about the TIME cover here.

[via TIME, opening image via time]
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