Time magazine names #MeToo movement as Person of the Year

The Time Person of the Year award first began in 1927 as “Man of the Year”.

Time Magazine coverFrom Ashley Judd, who was among the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, Susan Fowler, a former Uber employee whose blog post about Silicon Valley sexism led to CEO Travis Kalanick’s departure to Tarana Burke, the #MeToo movement’s creator, Time’s Person of the Year cover features women from around the globe who have spoken out against sexual harassment and abuse.

The magazine’s award comes after a slew of allegations were made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo hashtag went viral around the world, as women shared their harassment experiences online.

Pop star Taylor Swift, who won a civil case against an ex-DJ who she said had grabbed her bottom, also appears on the cover and other women on the front cover include Adama Iwu, a 40-year-old corporate lobbyist in Sacramento, and Isabel Pascual, a 42-year-old strawberry picker from Mexico, who was stalked. Time says she asked to use a pseudonym to protect her family.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC that this year’s winners had helped to usher in “the fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades”.

The Time Person of the Year award first began in 1927 as “Man of the Year”.

It recognises the person who “for better or for worse” has done the most to influence the events of the year.

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