The magazine calls them "the voices that launched a movement".
Among them: actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, whose dazzling accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein contributed to his downfall; the activist Tarana Burke, creator of the #MeToo movement; and Alyssa Milano, the actress who amplified it.
"The actions of galvanizing women on our cover … along with those of hundreds of other people, and of many men too, have unleashed one of the highest-speed changes in our culture since the 1960s ", said Time editor in chief Edward Felsenthal in a statement to" Today. "
These" icebreakers "have forced a national calculation on sexual harassment.
Investigations of newspapers and magazines countless #MeToo accounts of harassment, sexual abuse and worse have caught up with a growing list of public figures (celebrities, executives, politicians, business leaders) whose careers have collapsed.
As Katrina vanden Heuvel wrote in The Washington Post:
More women are encouraged to talk and listen more. The risks for abusers, particularly public figures, are increasing. We know the roots of this extraordinary moment; where the moment leads still remains to be seen.
In his cover story of Person of the Year, Time observes that "this moment is born of a very real and powerful sense of uneasiness, yet it does not have a single unifying leader or principle. adapted in #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which to date has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to present their stories, is part of the image, but not all of it. "
"This settling of accounts seems to have emerged overnight," according to the magazine. "But in reality it has been boiling for years, decades, centuries." Women have had it with bosses and coworkers who not only cross borders, but do not even seem to know that there are limits. They have had it with the fear of reprisals, of being deceived, of being fired from a job they can not afford to lose. They have had it with the code to go ahead to get along. They have had it with men who use their power to take what they want from women.
"These icebreakers have begun a revolution of rejection, gathering strength every day, and in the last two months alone, their collective anger has stimulated immediate and shocking results: almost every day, the CEOs have been fired, the magnates overthrown , dishonest icons … In some cases, criminal charges have been filed.
"Encouraged by Judd, Rose McGowan and a number of prominent accusers, women around the world have begun to talk about inappropriate, abusive and abusive behavior. some illegal cases they have faced. When multiple accusations of harassment topple a charmer like former Today Show host Matt Lauer, women who thought they had no recourse see a new door open. When a movie star says #metoo, it's easier to believe than the chef who has been silently enduring for years. "
Felsenthal, Time editor said:" The idea that influential and inspiring people shape the world could not be more suitable for this year. To give voice to open secrets, to move whispered networks to social networks, to push us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, the Silence Breakers are the Person of the Year 2017. "