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Team behind Time’s Person of the Year issue was all women

Team behind Time’s Person of the Year issue was all women


The “Silence Breakers” who spoke out about sexual assault and harassment in show business, media, and the workplace, made it onto the cover and into the pages of Time’s annual Person of the Year issue and it was a group of women who made the special issue possible.

Time national correspondent Charlotte Alter pointed out after Wednesday’s reveal of the most influential person, or in this case widespread group of people, that the magazine came together with the help of many women.

From the idea to highlight the #MeToo movement and the people who spoke out about abuse to the story reporting and writing to the fact-checking — it was all women. Video and photo designs were also put together by women. 

Stephanie Zacharek, Eliana Dockterman, and Haley Sweetland Edwards were the female trio behind the reporting and writing of the cover story. They wrote about the interviews they conducted for the story, “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.”

The portraits were the work of Berlin-based photo team Billy & Hells, Anke Linz and Andreas Oettinger. In a behind-the-scenes look at the cover photo, Linz said, “The portraits for us are all about emotion.”

Men like Terry Crews were included as part of the “Silence Breakers” group, but the cover featured only women — Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift, and another woman whose name was changed to protect her identity (and the anonymous woman’s arm to represent everyone less prominent who is also part of this movement).

Obviously some men were part of the process to put out the issue — just look at a photo from one of the photo shoot or Time’s male editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal’s explanation about the magazine’s selection — but this was largely a female-led effort from cover to cover.



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