Fierce, bold, brave. Those are just a few words to describe the Time’s Person of the Year for 2017.
A round of applause for the strong women who were named Time’s person, or should we say, people of the year. Among those chosen were Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift and Isabel Pascual. Some of these names ring familiar, while others you may be hearing for the first time this year.
In the wake of the “MeToo” hashtag, women and men alike began to speak up about their experiences of being sexually assaulted. Among these were celebrities like Ashley Judd and Taylor Swift. The bravery of these women is astounding, and their stories encouraged many more people to speak up. Taylor Swift, for example, went to court, and not for the fame or the money. She wanted women and men to know that they have a voice, and they should speak up to their assaulters. In fact, Swift only sued for $1. It wasn’t a plea for attention for herself, it was a plea of attention to those who have been shamed as victims, an encouraging plea for those individuals to speak up against their assaulters.
What’s amazing about Time’s decision is that these women are not just celebrities, but an Uber engineer, lobbyist, strawberry picker and an anonymous woman. The power and strength of these women to tell their stories and inspire is second to none. It takes bravery, and these women prove their worth through their stories, encouraging people to speak up. In fact, they sparked a revolution, bringing to attention those who have taken advantage of unwilling women. To bring attention to those who have been shamed over the years for speaking up against their abusers.
This isn’t just a Hollywood thing; this happens everywhere. The amount of women and men alike who have voiced their stories are heroes for those who are afraid to do so. The courage of these individuals is something that deserves to be highlighted, especially now more than ever when all you see on the news anymore is new allegations. We shouldn’t be silenced; nor should we be shamed. We need to be encouraged, and we need to receive the support we deserve.
Time’s decision to feature these “Silence Breakers” was wise on their part. These women featured on the cover really gave assault victims a voice. Read more about Time’s decision below:
While the most high-profile #MeToo stories have come from women and men who work in the movies and media, the Time article also features women who work hourly jobs, some of whom want to remain anonymous. The magazine’s cover portrait includes strawberry picker Isabel Pascual, lobbyist Adama Iwu and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler along with Ashley Judd and Taylor Swift.
“The reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries,” Time’s Stephanie Zacharek, Eliana Dockterman and Haley Sweetland Edwards write. “Women have had it with bosses and coworkers who not only cross boundaries but don’t even seem to know that boundaries exist.”