Time Magazine has named what they’ve dubbed “The Silence Breakers” as the 2017 Person of the year. The Silence Breakers are essentially the many men and women who’ve shared their stories through the anti-harassment hashtag #MeToo
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017
In the article explaining the decision, Time writers started by comparing average women to famous ones.
“Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They’re svelte, glamorous, self-possessed. They wear dresses we can’t afford and live in houses we can only dream of. Yet it turns out that—in the most painful and personal ways—movie stars are more like you and me than we ever knew.”
Time gathered women from all walks of life to take part in the article and photoshoot; from actress Ashley Judd, popstar Taylor Swift, to hotel housekeeper Juana Melara and state Senator Sara Gelser and a hospital worker who requested to remain anonymous. All shared stories of assault, harrasment and other sexual misconduct they’ve had to deal with both personally and professionally.
The article went on to describe the #MeToo movement:
“This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries. Women have had it with bosses and co-workers who not only cross boundaries but don’t even seem to know that boundaries exist. They’ve had it with the fear of retaliation, of being blackballed, of being fired from a job they can’t afford to lose. They’ve had it with the code of going along to get along. They’ve had it with men who use their power to take what they want from women. These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone, their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced. In some cases, criminal charges have been brought.”