TIME magazine has revealed its 2017 Person of the Year cover and when you see it, transparency comes to mind. The spread ranges from plaintiffs of the NY Plaza Hotel to well-known actors to the LGTBQ community to anonymous workers who fear retaliation. All boldly stamp the magazine’s cover proudly for giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing all of us to stop accepting the unacceptable, the Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year.
The last quarter of the year is always a symbolic time for us as we get ready to enter a new year, new adventures, diets, and find out who TIME has selected for its noted annual publication of Person of the Year (POY).
With reports of sexual assault & harassment in the workplace surging across our nation, “this is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of 100s of women and some men too, who came forward and shared their stories of sexual harassment and abuse.”- Edward Felsenthal, TIME Editor-in-Chief.
Social Media has been a catalyst in spreading awareness: Back in October, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted “#metoo” to which millions responded and posted their own experiences with sexual assault and harassment on Twitter. The hashtag became viral from its original posting over 10 years ago by creator Tarana Burke. Burke is the founder of a nonprofit that helps survivors of sexual violence and her #metoo [which swiftly adapted into #BalanceTonPorc (Expose Your Pig), #YoTambien, and many others], has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories. “It’s not just a moment, it’s a movement,” – Tarana Burke, TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year. Both women are featured in the publication.
Over the course of six weeks, TIME interviewed 32 women and men, all of whom had summoned extraordinary courage to speak out about sexual harassment. The story has five chapters dissecting over 20 personal revelations and excerpts. It is a dynamic, vivid yet heartbreaking read that ties the victims’ story and plea and the predator’s violation and punishment. “I’M SURE THE ROAD WILL BE LONG AND DIFFICULT, BUT IT WILL BE POSITIVE IN THE END.’- Sandra Muller, Journalist, TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year.
The full article is available to read HERE.
Watch the video from TIME to further witness the story:
Runner ups for the POY included:
Kim Jung Un