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Time’s Person of the Year (2017)

"The Silence Breakers" have been named Person of the Year

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Time Magazine has chosen its pick for the annual Person of the Year award: “The Silence Breakers”, who represent those who reported sexual harassment, specifically against notable figures such as celebrities and office holders. The majority of the “Silence Breakers” are women, but several men have come forward as well with accusations of sexual misconduct.

The movement began after Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and film producer Harvey Weinstein were accused by several women of sexual harassment. Although O’Reilly and Weinstein denied the accusations, the #MeToo movement started when actress Alyssa Milano tweeted to her followers: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” The response was overwhelming as thousands of people came forward and spoke up about their personal experiences with harassment.

The cover features engineer Susan Fowler, popstar Taylor Swift, actress Ashley Judd, corporate lobbyist Adama Iwu and a fifth woman using the pseudonym Isabel Pascual. The cover also has an arm belonging to an anonymous Texas hospital worker, but it also serves to represent the numerous victims of sexual harassment.

Do you agree with Time’s choice for Person of the Year? Leave a comment down below and take our poll here.

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