TIME Magazine has revealed their person of the year. Contrary to claims by Donald Trump that it was supposed to be him once again, it was not (though he did come in at a close second). This year it was the women and men of the #MeToo movement — those who finally had enough courage to stop hiding from, but rather address their sexual assault and harassment. And while activist Tarana Burke launched the concept of #MeToo years ago, it became part of the national discourse in October after celebrities used it to share their own sexual-abuse stories. In explaining the choice for the "person" of the year, it can be summarized as their courage bringing to the light a list of people in Hollywood, politics, business and beyond who were and are sexual predators.
“This is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women — and some men, too — who came forward to tell their own stories,” Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC's Today Show.
The women who grace the cover of time include actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu, Mexican agricultural worker Isabel Pascual, and one woman whose face cannot be seen.
According to Vox, Judd is noted for being one of the first women to come forward with allegations against Harvey Weinstein in early October. Swift made headlines in a court case against former radio DJ David Mueller, whom allegedly groped her while taking a picture winning her a lawsuit against him for $1. Fowler spoke out about Uber’s culture of sexual harassment, and Iwu spearheaded a campaign to expose sexual misconduct in California politics. “Isabel Pascual” is a pseudonym for a woman from Mexico who works picking strawberries who was harassed, and was part of the 700,000 female farmworkers who marched in solidarity with Hollywood actors against sexual assault in November.
In a world where a man who has bragged about sexual assault still became the President of the United States, opening the floodgates about sexual assault the way that it has been is a huge deal. This also makes the fact that Donald Trump snagged the number two spot even more ironic.
How do you all feel about TIME's choice? Did they nail it?