TIME magazine named “The Silence Breakers” as its “Person of the Year” for 2017. A movement on social media took off this year called #MeToo. It encouraged people to come out and openly talk about sexual abuse or harassment they’ve suffered in their past. Many women have come out and spoken about abuse they’ve gone through, and who their abuser was. Some of the abusers were well-known men, and this has led to some of them being fired from their jobs.
Some of the other contenders for TIME’s Person of the Year were Kim Jong Un (the North Korean leader), Patty Jenkins (the director of the movie Wonder Woman), Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon and the current richest person in the world, image), Xi Jinping (President of China), Donald Trump (President of the United States), and Mohammed bin Salman (Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia).
The Person of the Year award by TIME magazine (called Man of the Year until 1998) has been given since 1927. It is awarded to individuals (or sometimes groups of people or even things) that significantly influence the world, for better or worse. There have been some interesting winners in the past that were not individuals. In 1982, the award went to the computer for the impact it was having on us. In 1988, planet Earth was the winner because our environment and its protection became a significant subject. In 2006, the Person of the Year was “You”, as in all of us. This was to recognize the impact that user-generated information had caused because of the Internet.
Here is a video showing the shortlist of candidates for TIME’s 2017.
Image Credits: time.com for its cover image, Giafranco Gorgoni and time.com for the image of Time’s cover from January, 1989, https://twitter.com/JeffBezos for the image of Bezos