Time magazine has named “the Silent Breakers” – women who spoke out against the sexual abuse and harassment as “Person of the Year”.
The movement is most closely associated with the #MeToo hashtag that have emerged as allegations emerged against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
But the Time said that the hashtag is “the part of the image, but not all of it”.
“It is the most rapid social change movement that we have seen in decades,” chief editor Edward Felsenthal said.
He told NBC’s Today programme that he “began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women – and some men – who came forward to tell their own stories”.
The magazine illustrates the pervasive nature of sexual harassment, highlighting the women of distinctly different backgrounds on its cover.
Two celebrities are featuring – Ashley Judd, one of the first to speak out against Mr. Weinstein, and the singer Taylor Swift, who won a civil case against an ex-DJ, who she said had seized his buttocks.
They are presented next to Isabel Pascual, 42-year-old strawberry picker in Mexico (not his real name); Adama Iwu, a 40-year-old company as a lobbyist in Sacramento; and Susan Fowler, 26, a former Uber engineer that the claim brought Uber’s chief executive officer.
But many more people are identified as part of the movement behind the cover photo.
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This “moment”, the magazine said, “don’t have a leader, or a single unifying principle. The hashtag #MeToo (quickly adapted into a #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which has provided a framework of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories, is the part of the image, but not all…
“The women and men who have broken the silence extend to all races, all income groups, all professions and from almost all corners of the planet.”
But, he says, collectively they have helped transform the shame into anger and fear in the wrath, and put thousands of people in the streets to demand change, and has experienced a slew of powerful men held accountable for their behaviour.
Those featured include Tarana Burke, the activist who created the #MeToo hashtag has more than a decade, the actor Alyssa Milano, who has helped to explode on social media last October, the actor Terry Crews, a group of hotel workers who have filed a complaint against their employer, State Senator Sara Gelser, an anonymous employee of the hospital who is afraid of losing her job if she speaks openly, and Megyn Kelly, the ex-journalist of Fox News, that, Donald Trump, accused of having “blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his, where” after she facilitated a discussion during the presidential campaign.
Ironically, Chairman of the Asset – including the election of Mrs Kelly said was a “setback for women” which helps to explain the #MeToo movement has been named a finalist for Person of the Year this year, after having received the title last year.
The magazine of the tradition started in 1927 as “Man of the Year” – recognizes the person who, “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence events of the year.”
The vast majority of those selected were people – but not all. In 2014, the “fighters of Ebola” has been recognized while in the 2011 “The Protester”, recognizes the importance of the so-called “Arab Spring”.
It was in 1950, the magazine explains that the “mold was broken” and “The American fighting-man” was chosen, to be followed by the Hungarians in 1956 and, later, of Science, of Americans under the age of 25 years and Mr. and Mrs. in central America.
In 2006, the Person of the Year was simply “You”, with a mirror of the cover design, reflecting the importance of the user-generated content on the internet.