Time magazine honored those who accused men of sexual harassment on Wednesday, bestowing on them the title “Person of the Year.”
“The Silence Breakers,” the term Time used to describe those individuals, included people who leveled accusations against their alleged perpetrators amid the many reports of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's prior conduct.
On its cover, Time featured high-profile celebrities like singer Taylor Swift and actress Ashley Judd, in addition to a 42-year-old strawberry picker and a former Uber engineer.
“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,” editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said, according to NBC.
"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.”
Like its cover, Time's story highlighted ordinary people like a 37-year-old dishwasher and 28-year-old hospital worker.
Time described the recent onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations as a “reckoning” that had been “simmering for years, decades, centuries”:
Women have had it with bosses and co-workers who not only cross boundaries but don't even seem to know that boundaries exist. They've had it with the fear of retaliation, of being blackballed, of being fired from a job they can't afford to lose. They've had it with the code of going along to get along. They've had it with men who use their power to take what they want from women. 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.
The story's writers cautioned victims against indulging in their anger for too long, arguing that “in its most raw and feral form it can't negotiate the more delicate dance steps needed for true social change.”