Time’s 2017 Person of the Year edition. Image Source.
Time Magazine has named the “silence breakers” behind the #MeToo movement as its 2017 person of the year. The cover features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, former Uber software engineer Susan Fowler, California lobbyist Adama Iwu, strawberry picker Isabel Pascual (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), and the right elbow of a woman whose face is out of the frame.
“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,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC’s Today program this week.
He also explained that the elbow represents all the victims of sexual assault and harassment who are yet to come forward:
“The image you see partially on the cover is of a woman we talked to, a hospital worker from the middle of the country, who doesn’t feel that she can come forward without threatening her livelihood.”
Time’s National Correspondent Charlotte Alter told Buzzfeed News that the elbow was “very intentional” decision. “A huge part of this story we’re trying to tell here is that as much as the stigma around this has been removed this year because of the ‘Me Too’ movement, it’s still really difficult for a lot of people to come forward,” she explained.
The #MeToo movement took off earlier this year after Alyssa Milano Tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet”.
Tarana Burke, who created the hashtag, told the Today show “I could never had envisioned something that would change the world. I was trying to change my community.”
“This is just the start. It’s not just a moment, it’s a movement,” she continued. “Now the work really begins.”
Read the full feature on Time Magazine.