Time has finally announced it’s “Person of The Year” and you can finally breathe again because it’s not Donald Trump. In fact, this year the magazine went with a powerful choice. In this issue, the magazine is recognizing millions of “The Silence Breakers” who were big players of the #MeToo movement.
Rose McGowan and Taylor Swift were chosen by Time magazine to represent the millions who were behind the #MeToo movement for the magazine cover.
Over the course of three months, the allegations against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein have unleashed a national conversation regarding sexual misconduct, harassment, and gender discrimination. Millions of victims have come forward and hundreds of public figures have been accused and unseated from their positions of power and influence.
In a statement on the decision to pick the women and men who have come forward with their stories, Time’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthan explained that “For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, The Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year.”
The cover also featured non-celebrities like Isabel Pascual, a strawberry picker.
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Many of the women and men named in Time’s latest issue are people of prominence like Selma Blair and Alyssa Milano. Yet, so many of the women and men who made up the movement are just ordinary people who had, for years, been quieted by fears of losing their jobs and even risking their lives. Pascual, was one of the many other women featured in the cover’s lineup of women who shared her story.
Pascual recalled feeling powerless when a co-worker began to stalk her home. “He threatened to harm my children and me — that’s why I kept quiet. I felt desperate. I cried and cried. But, thank God, my friends in the fields support me. So I said, ‘Enough.’ I lost the fear. It doesn’t matter if they criticize me. I can support other people who are going through the same thing,” Pascual told Time.
Pascual’s story and Time’s big pick has mostly been received with a whole lot of praise.
— Latino Initiative (@LatinoInitUSA) December 6, 2017
Users have thanked Time and the victims for furthering the movement’s conversation.
thank you, Time, for helping bring the victims a voice and the abhorrent offenders out from their veil of protective secrecy
— MRamirez (@Valkyrry) December 6, 2017
Some of pointed out that as #MeToo grows the world is being forced to examine the volume of a problem which has plagued so many across the globe.
Others have pointed out that we’ve still only just hit the tip of the iceberg.
And many more to come.
— Arnaldo Jimenez (@Arnaldo31866439) December 6, 2017
The length of the movement coupled with the number of women who come out with stories on an almost daily basis are proof that the problem is far from being resolved.
All in all, supporters are pumped the hashtag continues to have resounding impacts.
— Mary Caliendo (@2happyright) December 6, 2017
Fortunately, for so many of us, Time’s pick is furthering the discussion while also amplifying the voices of women and men of different colors, and empowering survivors.