The announcement of TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year is a moment for all of us to reflect on everything that has happened this year. From Taylor Swift taking a radio DJ to court for inappropriately touching her to the women who bought Harvey Weinstein and his empire down, it’s definitely been the year of people sticking up for themselves. Therefore it’s no surprise that this year’s honor goes to the ones who spoke up called “The Silence Breakers” and the ones who joined the #metoo movement.
Though we only see five women on the cover, including Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, and Isabel Pascual, if you look closely you’ll see a sixth person‘s arm to join the prominent ladies. “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 Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal said in an interview with the TODAY show this morning.
Some women are still struggling to fully come forward, but this recognition proves that this year has been a good start for many. The six cover women got the honor of being on the cover because they spearheaded a conversation on sexual harassment that was being held back for too long. The rest of the list includes other woman (and men) who have spoke out on experiencing sexual abuse.
As soon as the announcement was made, the positive feedback began to pour in.
There’s power in numbers and this honor wouldn’t have happened if women didn’t stick together.
Before all of this though, Trump did try to claim the spot.
Get outta here dude.