After sexual assault and rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein sent shock waves through the entertainment industry, countless women worldwide who had suffered in silence started sharing their experiences with sexual assault and harassment. The #MeToo movement emerged, and we watched as the reputations of powerful men crumbled under a tidal wave of allegations. The societal shift these women catalyzed earned them the collective title of TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2017.
The magazine cover features six women: actress Ashley Judd (pictured above), singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu, Mexican immigrant and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual (whose name was changed to protect her identity,) and a woman whose face is obscured–representing victims who don’t feel comfortable sharing their identities.
“For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing all of us to stop accepting the unacceptable, the Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year,” Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal tweeted as he debuted the magazine cover.
Let’s take a look at some celebrity reactions to this watershed moment.