The people Time magazine has named as their "Person of the Year" are "The Silence Breakers"-the women who courageously spoke up earlier this year lifting the lid on the epidemic of sexual harassment that goes on in Hollywood and other workplaces around the country".
The movement has brought down powerful men across the largest industries, like movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, media giants like Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer and politicians like Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).
The magazine's editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal, told the "Today" show that the #MeToo movement represented the "fastest-moving social change we've seen in decades".More news: TVS Motors launches RR 310 for Rs 2.05 lakh ex-showroom
President Donald Trump was named "runner up", a telling blow to the President after he claimed on Twitter a few weeks ago that he had "passed" on being named "Person of the Year" again. "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write "me too" as a reply to this tweet", she wrote. The ride-hailing company launched an investigation afterward and fired 20 employees based on its findings. Ashley Judd, Selma Blair, Alyssa Milano and Taylor Swift are just a few of the celebrities featured in the cover story. Her testimony was widely covered.
The cover features five fearless women: Ashley Judd, the first woman to share her experiences with Harvey Weinstein, Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who blogged about her experiences at the company, Adama Iwu, a lobbyist who organized an open letter signed by 147 Californians, Taylor Swift, who sued a DJ for $1 after he sued her for losing his job after groping her and Isabel Pascual, a strawberry picker who changed her name for the story to protect her family after being stalked and threatened at work.More news: Why Patagonia Will Sue President Trump Over Utah National Monuments
While originally started by African American activist Tarana Burke 10 years ago, the current #MeToo movement has been credited to actress Alyssa Milano, who tweeted on October 15 - 10 days after the New York Times article ran - that if every woman who had been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as their status, it might give others a sense of the problem's magnitude.
A fifth woman, using the pseudonym Isabel Pascual, is a strawberry picker who was harassed by a man who threatened to harm her and her children, the magazine said. Time called him the "President of the Divided States of America". Time called that account false.More news: Lobbyist accuses LA assemblyman of sexual assault