As they do every year, Time Magazine selects a person of the year who “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year”. Those chosen over the past decade have included former President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Mark Zuckerberg, and Angela Merkel. After Donald Trump tweeted that he supposedly turned down Time’s offer to elect him as their Person of the Year, millions were anxious to hear about the true selection. On December 6th, Time revealed the person of the year to be the “Silence Breakers”.
Photographed for the Time Magazine cover, the likes of Ashley Judd, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift, Isabel Pascual, and Susan Fowler dress in all black. The only words decorating the cover read: “The Silence Breakers – the voices that launched a movement.”
The #MeToo movement started by Tarana Burke gained significant traction this year giving a space for conversation about how often sexual harassment and assault occurs, and how many women are affected by it on a daily basis. The movement gained national attention and motivated changes to prosecuting and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions.
A long list of men and women were interview for the feature edition. Recognized for their courage to speak out against sexual abuse, the following names feature in the magazine;
Rose McGowan – Actress
“People forget a lot that there’s a human behind this, someone who is very hurt. But that’s O.K. It fuels my fire.”
Alyssa Milano – Actress
“I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same. I have not stopped crying. I look at my daughter and think, Please, let this be worth it. Please, let it be that my daughter never has to go through anything like this.”
Sara Gelser – State Senator
We can’t pick and choose based on whose political beliefs we believe in. And that means we have to be willing to speak out when it’s a member of our own party.
Terry Crews – Actor
‘People were saying, ‘You should have beaten him up.’ I’m like, Why is nobody questioning him? Nobody questions the predator. You know why? Because they just expect it. And I expect it. And I just said, ‘No more.’ Why are you questioning the victim here? Let’s flip it. Let’s talk about what the predator is doing.’
Selma Blair – Actress
“I decided to go on the record when I saw his denial. He called the women liars. But their stories were so similar to mine, and they were such credible women. There was no agenda other than they wanted to share this story, be free of this story.”
Megyn Kelly – Journalist
“I always thought maybe things could change for my daughter. I never thought things could change for me. Never. I believed the system was stacked against women, and the smart ones would understand how to navigate it … I’m starting to see it so differently.”
Sandra Muller – Journalist
“We must restart all relationships from the beginning. We have to cleanse society to find a better way. I’m sure the road will be long and difficult, but it will be positive in the end”