TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal writes, “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. Social media acted as a powerful accelerant; the hashtag #MeToo has now been used millions of times in at least 85 countries…. The roots of TIME’s annual franchise—singling out the person or persons who most influenced the events of the year—lie in the so-called great man theory of history, a phrasing that sounds particularly anachronistic at this moment. But the idea that influential, inspirational individuals shape the world could not be more apt this year…. For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, The Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year.”
See the cover: http://bit.ly/2iVXD4R
From the cover story, TIME’s Stephanie Zacharek, Eliana Dockterman and Haley Sweetland Edwards write, “The reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries. Women have had it with bosses and coworkers who not only cross boundaries but don’t even seem to know that boundaries exist…. These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone, 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….Emboldened by Judd, Rose McGowan and a host of other prominent accusers, women everywhere have begun to speak out about the inappropriate, abusive and in some cases illegal behavior they’ve faced.”
Plus: TIME names the Person of the Year shortlist:
No. 2 – Donald Trump http://ti.me/2AYz664
No. 3 – Xi Jinping http://ti.me/2Ad8oaq
No. 4 – Robert Mueller http://ti.me/2AY3kGy
No. 5 – Kim Jong Un http://ti.me/2iZuhm3
No. 6 – Colin Kaepernick http://ti.me/2AA72mZ
No. 7 – Patty Jenkins http://ti.me/2zUTwsT
The December 18, 2017 Person of the Year issue of TIME goes on sale on newsstands Friday, December 8.
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