The time has come (no pun intended) where TIME’s magazine reveals their 2017 Person of The Year. This year person, or people goes to the men and women who have come forward to shed light on sexual harassment and abuse in America, the silence breakers.
The women on the cover of the magazine includes actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu, Mexican agricultural worker Isabel Pascual and another woman who remains faceless.
The brave women at the forefront of the #MeToo movement, inspired the cover of the magazine. All women pictured on the cover, spoke publicly about their own experiences of alleged sexual misconduct. #MeToo was founded by Tarana Burke to encourage victims of sexual abuse to step forward with their stories.
#MeToo was created by Burke a decade ago in an attempt to support sexual assault survivors in disadvantage communities but exploded after Judd, came forward with allegations of Harvey Weinstein engaging in sexual misconduct. Since then more than 50 women have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, rape and inappropriate behavior that went over for over 4 years.
Over the course of these last several months, a slew of similar allegations have been made against powerful men.
Magazine hits stands December 6th.