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Time names ‘the Silence Breakers’ person of the year

By: Bisola Bello December 6, 2017
TIME 2017 PERSON OF THE YEAR

Time magazine has named “the Silence Breakers” – women who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment – as its “Person of the Year”.

The cover photo features Ashley Judd, one of the first to speak out against Mr Weinstein, and pop singer Taylor Swift, who won a civil case against an ex-DJ who she said had grabbed her bottom.

Also in the cover are Isabel Pascual, a 42-year-old strawberry picker from Mexico (not her real name); Adama Iwu, a 40-year-old corporate lobbyist in Sacramento; and Susan Fowler, 26, a former Uber engineer whose allegation brought down Uber’s CEO.

The ‘Silence Breakers’ is most closely associated with the #MeToo hashtag which sprung up as allegations emerged against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The magazine saiys “The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe,’ addimg that, collectively they have helped turn shame into outrage and fear into fury, put thousands of people on to the streets demanding change, and seen a slew of powerful men held accountable for their behaviour.

 



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