Time Names the ‘Silence Breakers’ as Its 2017 Person of the Year

The issue was produced exclusively by women


Time magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year is a group, not an individual.

The publication announced this morning that “the Silence Breakers,” women who have given a voice to sexual assault and harassment survivors, are this year’s honorees. This year’s issue is also unique in that it was conceived, reported, written and fact-checked by women.

Actress Ashley Judd, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, strawberry picker Isabel Pascual and California state lobbyist Adama Iwu will grace the cover of the annual issue.

Time interviewed dozens of women and men from all walks of life who have experienced sexual harassment on the job, including actors and actresses, hotel maids, retail clerks, Silicon Valley programmers, farmers, and academics, among others.

“These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone, their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced,” Time’s Stephanie Zacharek, Eliana Dockterman, and Haley Sweetland Edwards write in the cover story.

“Emboldened by Judd, Rose McGowan and a host of other prominent accusers, women everywhere have begun to speak out about the inappropriate, abusive and in some cases illegal behavior they’ve faced,” the story continues.

Adweek’s TVNewser blog has more on the announcement, including the controversial omission of TV journalist and workplace equality advocate Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual harassment suit against Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes in July 2016 set in motion a domino affect that continues to this day.