What began as a story against the horrendous actions of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has turned into a genuine movement. To validate that even more, Time magazine has recognized the women (and some men) known as “The Silence Breakers” as their Person of the Year. Some of the women highlighted were a select few of the many who have bravely come forward against sexual harassment and assault such as actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and a woman whose face cannot be seen. Time calls them “the voices that launched a movement.”
“This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries,” the magazine added.
Of course for those of us following the news are well aware of the countless stories and high profile people who have been called out by these courageous women, including Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Matt Lauer, and many others.
Their horrifying stories of victimization paved way for the viral #MeToo campaign — started by activist Tarana Burke and shared by Alyssa Milano — which took off on social media and fueled a worldwide discussion on just how endemic sexual harassment has been.
“I could never imagine this,” Burke said on the popular show TODAY. “I could never have envisioned something that would change the world. I was trying to change my community.”
“The idea that influential, inspirational individuals shape the world could not be more apt this year,” said Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal. “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.”
As we move toward 2018 and more and more people come forward against the shameful sexual harassment acts, let us not forget these pioneers who started it all.