TIME Magazine have named ‘The Silence Breakers’ – those who blew the whistle on systemic sexual assault and began the #MeToo campaign – their Person Of The Year.
Amongst them is Tarana Burke, who started the #MeToo hashtag back in 2006. It received a widespread boost this year, after actress Alyssa Milano used the hashtag in response to the reported sexual assaults of shamed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
The TIME cover features actress and Harvey Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu, and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual, with further nods given to Terry Crews, Rose McGowan and more. The full cover feature is online here.
Donald Trump was runner-up for 2017 Person of The Year, after winning the accolade last year. Chinese leader Xi Jinping came in third place.
TIME Magazine editor Edward Felsenthal told TODAY, “The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover … along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s.
“The idea that influential, inspirational individuals shape the world could not be more apt this year. 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.”