The #MeToo campaign is Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2017, beating U.S. President Donald Trump.
The magazine cover, with the headline “The Silence Breakers”, pays tribute to the “voices that launched a movement”.
It features actress Ashley Judd, popstar Taylor Swift, Uber whistleblower Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu and other women who campaigned against sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape this year or took part to the #MeToo campaign.
“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,” the mag’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC’s “Today” program.
At the bottom right of the front page, you can see the arm of a sixth woman who’s shared her story of sexual assault while remaining anonymous.
“The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe,” reads the Time article on the movement. “They might labor in California fields, or behind the front desk at New York City’s regal Plaza Hotel, or in the European Parliament. They’re part of a movement that has no formal name. But now they have a voice.”
Alyssa Milano, who relaunched the #MeToo movement — first started a decade ago by social activist Tarana Burke, who used it to support women of color surviving sexual abuse — in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, reacted on Twitter to the Time cover:
In 2017 women stood up and said #MeToo. We overcame our fears to #BreakTheSilence. Technology and social media have connected us all. We can’t turn away from each other’s pain. We are connected to it. We are connected to each other. We are connected. THREAD. #TimePOTY
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 6, 2017
Among the women who appear in the Time article is Susan Fowler, the ex-Uber engineer who in February penned a powerful blogpost about sexism at Uber that eventually led to ouster of founder Travis Kalanick as CEO.
Her essay also pushed other women in the tech industry to come forward and speak out about sexual harassment in Silicon Valley.
While it doesn’t involve Uber directly, the case revolves around the sort of class-action waivers the ride-hailing company forces its employees to sign.
The move is designed to force employees to give up their right to take collective action against their employer, coercing them into individual arbitration.