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The ‘Silence Breakers’ are Time’s 2017 Person of the Year

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Time‘s 2017 Person of the Year was awarded to “The Silence Breakers.” The coveted title could have gone to Donald Trump or Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, but instead it went to “the voices that launched a movement” against sexual harassment and assault. In other words, all the women that came forward against Harvey Weinstein, all the women that spoke their truth through the #MeToo campaign, and the list goes on and on…

On the cover, familiar faces like Taylor Swift and Ashley Judd appear, as well as women who we might not have known so well until now: former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual.

Inside the magazine, there are a slew a celebrities like Rose McGowan, Selma Blair and Terry Crews who share their stories of sexual harassment.

“I started talking about Harvey the minute that it happened,” Ashley told Time in her interview. “Literally, I exited that hotel room at the Peninsula Hotel in 1997 and came straight downstairs to the lobby, where my dad was waiting for me, because he happened to be in Los Angeles from Kentucky, visiting me on the set. And he could tell by my face — to use his words — that something devastating had happened to me. I told him. I told everyone.”

Meanwhile, T. Swift opened up about David Mueller, the DJ that groped her and the sexual assault case that earned her a symbolic $1.

“Even though awareness is higher than ever about workplace sexual harassment, there are still so many people who feel victimized, afraid and silenced by their abusers and circumstances,” she said. “When the jury found in my favor, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1. To this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself.”

Last year's Person of the Year was Trump – and he literally goes against everything the magazine is trying to convey with this cover. A couple of weeks ago, the President even claimed that Time had intentions of choosing him again.

Time later disputed the claim, telling CNN: “The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. Time does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.”

We don't know about you, but we think Time made the best decision.

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