WASHINGTON– Time magazine has named “the silence breakers,” men and women who have stepped forward to air allegations of sexual misconduct, as 2017’s person of the year.
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017
“We are in the middle of the beginning of this upheaval. There is so much that we still don’t know about its ultimate impact,” Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in the magazine’s announcement. “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.”
Time’s cover features five women who have come forward this year: actress Ashley Judd, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, California lobbyist Adama Iwu, singer Taylor Swift and a California farmworker identified by the pseudonym Isabel Pascual.
President Donald Trump, Chinese president Xi Jinping and Special Counsel Robert Mueller were named as runner-ups.