One of the biggest movements this year was the #MeToo campaign which encouraged thousands of women across the world to break their silence on sexual assault and come forward with their stories. The campaign left a deep impact in the space of women’s rights as it surfaced in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Over the course of the conversation around sexual harassment and assault, accusations of sexual harassment and assault also emerged against many other well-known names such as actor Kevin Spacey and comedian Louis CK.
And now, TIME has honoured the women who aided this ground-breaking movement with the title of ‘Person of the Year’.
The magazine cover bears the phrase, ‘The Silence Breakers’ and describes the women featured on the cover as “The voices that launched a movement.”
The cover features actor Ashley Judd, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, singer Taylor Swift and Isabel Pascual and a woman whose face is obscured. The latter, USA Today reported, represents women who have yet to come forward with their stories.
The hashtag, which rose to prominence this year after actor Alyssa Milano tweeted about it, was originally started by Tarana Burke ten years ago.
TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal unveiled the cover of the magazine’s 91st edition on Wednesday on the Today Show.
"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, who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment and assault," Edward said.
US President Donald Trump was the runner up to the Silence Breakers, followed by Chinese Premier Xi Jinping.
Other shortlisted candidates included The Dreamers, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Protest leader Colin Kaepernick, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.