Time Magazine has finally announced this year’s most influential person in the planet and is none other than ‘The Silence Breakers’.
‘The Silence Breakers’ collectively refers to a number of women (and men) who spoke up against sexual harassment and abuse, triggering a worldwide outrage and sparking a reckoning that started as a simple hashtag, then eventually becoming a movement, which the magazine said, began with individual acts of courage.
Time called them “The Voices that launched a movement” and the magazine’s cover included actress Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift and Isabel Pascual.
Judd, along with another actress Rose McGowan were the very first to speak up against the sexual abuses they suffered in the hands of Harvey Weinstein, leading to the Hollywood mogul’s downfall.
“The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover, along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s,” read the Time.
“Social media acted as a powerful accelerant; the hashtag #MeToo has now been used millions of times in at least 85 countries,” it added.
In second place, behind ‘The Silence Breakers’ is United States President Donald Trump who won the accolade last year as president-elect.
Next to Trump is China’s leader, Xi Jinping.
Read HERE the full details why ‘The Silence Breakers’ were chosen as this year’s ‘Person of the Year’, as explained by Time’s Edward Felsenthal.