Time Magazine has confirmed its selection for Person of the Year for 2017…
… and the honor goes to a number of very brave
Indeed, editors have chosen the entire
#MeToo movement as this year’s recipient, singling out a number of women in particular who have spoken out against sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace.
It has referred to these women as the “Silence Breakers.”
Scroll down for a detailed look at each of the individuals featured in the year-end issue and join us in applauding all the victims who have realized over the past few months that they are not alone…
The #MeToo Movement
“This is the fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women, and some men, who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment and assault,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said when making the reveal. “The image you see partially on the cover is of a woman we talked to, a hospital worker in the middle of the country who shared her story with us and some others but doesn’t feel like she can come forward without threatening her livelihood.”
Who are the Silence Breakers?
Women the magazine has singled out for their loud and courageous voices during this unique and important time in America. Let’s meet them…
Burke actually began”Me Too” over a decade ago to assist women, “particularly young women of color from low wealth communities,” who have been sexually abused, assaulted, exploited or harassed.
The ex-Uber engineer took a major risk in February when she went public with her story of mistreatment at the company. In a blog entry, Fowler showed screenshots of chat messages in which her direct supervisor “was trying to get me to have sex with him” to human resources.
An Oregon state senator, Gelser detailed in an official complaint filed in November a years-long pattern of unwanted touching and sexual harassment by Senator. Jeff Kruse, emphasizing that at least 15 women have similar experiences. The statehouse launched an investigation and relieved Kruse of his committee assignments as a result.
A lobbyist for Visa, Iwu said she was groped in front of co-workers and organized an open letter signed by 147 women to call out sexual harassment in California’s state politics. The letter launched a state-senate investigation.
The actress was one of the first to go public about how Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her. In one incident in 1997, she said the producer invited her to a hotel room, greeted her wearing a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or if she would watch him shower. Her claims against the Hollywood mogul helped set off a major avalanche of sexual harassment allegations.
Blaise Godbe Lipman
This former actor-turned-filmmaker accused his ex-agent Tyler Grasham of sexually assaulting him when he was 18. The latter was fired and is being investigated by cops.
The actress Tweeted in 2016 that she was raped by a studio head. She spent years being mocked for her claims against Harvey Weinstein, only to be proven correct in the end.
On Octoner 15, the actress reignited this entire movement with this one simple and vital Tweet.
A former dish washer, Pezqueda filed a lawsuit against her supervisor at a luxury resort in South California for sexual harassment lasting months, according to Time Magazine. He then changed her schedule and cut her hours. But she’ll get the last laugh.
The artist won a lawsuit against a DJ she claimed groped her during a photo opportunity. She was lauded for standing her ground in court after the DJ’s lawyer tried to discredit her story and/or change the topic.
Time also featured a woman who’s face is not in the cover photo to represent those who haven’t yet come forward. We wish they never experienced anything that would make them do so, but hope they are now empowered to seek justice against their perpetrator.