#MeToo movement that led to a wave of brave revelations by women and men who were allegedly sexually harassed at their work places by powerful men, has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017.
MeToo gained prominence as a social media campaign in light of high-profile accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in October.
Since then, hundreds of men and women have shared their stories of sexual misconduct by numerous high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports.
Magazine paid tribute to the anti-harassment movement by naming ‘The Silence Breakers’ on its cover.
From Weinstein to Kevin Spacey, several heavywights have lost their jobs after cases of sexual harassment were reported against them.
Some of the victims who are in the TIME cover are Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano, Taylor Swift, Selma Blair, Sara Gelser.
The #MeToo movement was founded by activist Tarana Burke on Twitter a decade ago. However, it gained traction in October when actor and activist Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend of a friend on Facebook and tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
The hashtag was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours.
Interestingly, US President Donald Trump, who himself has faced several accusations of sexual misconduct , has been named first runner up in the list. Chinese President Xi Jinping, has been named the second runner up.