Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2017 is a group. They call them the Silence Breakers- women who have come forward to call out men for sexual harassment or sexual assault by name. The cover of the Person of the Year issue features actress Ashley Judd, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, activist Adama Iwu, musician Taylor Swift, and farm laborer Isabel Pascual representing hundreds of others.
The roots of TIME’s annual franchise—singling out the person or persons who most influenced the events of the year—lie in the so-called great man theory of history, a phrasing that sounds particularly anachronistic at this moment. But the idea that influential, inspirational individuals shape the world could not be more apt this year. “I want to show [my 11-year-old daughter] that it’s O.K. to stand up for yourself, even though you feel like the world is against you,” says Dana Lewis, a hotel hospitality coordinator who is suing her employer over the actions of a serial groper. “If you keep fighting, eventually you’ll see the sun on the other side.” Or as artist and activist Rose McGowan put it, “Why not fight back? What else are we doing?”
You can read the cover story of the Person of the Year issue here. -via reddit