TIME Names ‘Person Of The Year’ + Meet The Founder Of #MeToo
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The wait is over! And Time Magazine has named “The Silence Breakers” as its 2017 Person of the Year – referencing the women and men who have so boldly come forward to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault in a nationwide reckoning.

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Editor’s Note: I must admit, I was disappointed to see Taylor Swift on this cover. In no way are we disvaluing her story, but there are more snuffed out voices and actual leaders in the movement that should have taken precedent over Taylor Swift adorning this cover. Kesha…or Gabrielle Union…or Tarana…or Terry Crews? It’s unsettling and lazy to tote Swift as a face of this movement, especially over voices that have lost so much just for speaking out.

 

“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.” -Time’s Editor-in-Chief, Edward Felsenthal

Many of the accounts brought to light several high-profile public figures (i.e., Charlie Rose, 45, Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Russell Simmons, Kevin Spacey, Al Franken, John Conyers, James Levine), some who were, in turn, taken down from their posts. Others, not so much. But the pressure is still on, and the list is growing by the day.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Tarana Burke attends Take Back The Workplace March and #MeToo Survivors March & Rally at Producers Guild of America on November 12, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – NOVEMBER 12: Tarana Burke attends Take Back The Workplace March and #MeToo Survivors March & Rally at Producers Guild of America on November 12, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)

“The Me Too Movement™ started in the deepest, darkest place in my soul.” – Tarana Burke

Before we can go any further with the mentioning of countless other #metoo stories from individuals throughout all walks of life, let us first acknowledge the woman behind the groundwork movement long before it became this viral social media campaign. Her name is Tarana Burke – an activist and community organizer whose lifework has been to create hope and promote societal change. She also raised the question of what would become of the movement once the hashtag faded away.

“People need hope and inspiration desperately. But hope and inspiration are only sustained by work.”

Among the “voices that launched a movement”, as described by Time, are Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan (who spoke out against big screen entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein), Terry Crews (one of the few men that have come forward to speak about his experiences), Tarana Burke (Me Too creator), and Alyssa Milano (further amplified the hashtag on social media). According to Twitter statistics, the hashtag has been used more than 3 million times. Within the first few days of the hashtag being amplified on social media, mainly stories from white women were being told, as many women of color have been fighting behind the scenes and often feel unprotected and uncovered when sharing outwardly in a similar manner as their white female counterparts. One thing is for certain – this day has been coming for decades. Women have had enough of being made to feel unsafe in their workplaces, and as they navigate throughout community spaces, with fear of being blackballed or retaliated against if they so boldly spoke up.

In choosing its Person of the Year, Time indicated that it names the person or people who had the greatest influence over the past 12 months.

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