TIME magazine has honoured the women and men who made moves against sexual harassment and assault by naming the #MeToo movement as its 2017 Person of the Year. The magazine’s cover featured five prominent women in the movement: Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, and Isabel Pascual, whose name was changed to protect her identity. If you look closely, however, you’ll also see an elbow of an anonymous person. It’s not a mistake.
In an interview for Today, Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal discussed the woman whose face is obscured, noting that she’s symbolic of all those people who have yet to come forward and may be struggling to do so for fear of repercussions.
It is important for these people to understand that they’re not alone. “This is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women – and some men, too – who came forward to tell their own stories,” Felsenthal told NBC News, calling them “the silence breakers.”
“These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone,” TIME wrote. “Their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced. In some cases, criminal charges have been brought.”
Time’s 2017 Person of the Year cover features “The Silence Breakers”
And there’s a powerful hidden message that resonated with readers
The woman in the fram is cropped off as the sign that not all women can stand-up against the apathy they face and comes out in defence of themselves.