The faces of five women appeared on TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year cover, representing ‘The Silence Breakers’ — the thousands of people across the world who have come forward with their experiences of sexual harassment and assault. Obviously I do not know these five women face to face, but I am sure that all of them are liberated women, and I, at least, am very proud of all of them.
In the lower right-hand corner of the cover there was simply an arm cropped at the shoulder. According to the magazine, it belongs to an anonymous young hospital worker from Texas — a sexual harassment victim who fears that disclosing her identity would negatively impact her family. She is faceless on the cover and remains nameless inside TIME’s red borders. This is a good example of how, unfortunately, even nowadays and even in some ‘liberated’ and developed countries such as the United States of America, some liberated women are not totally free.
In my opinion her appearance is an act of solidarity, representing all those who are not yet able to come forward and reveal their identities.
It is an honour for me to write about liberated women. We can find liberated women in America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania, but conditions and opportunities liberated women are living with are not the same on each continent, even in each country. Hopefully, things have changed. Times have changed, but unfortunately, not all minds (men and women) have changed enough yet. It is time for all of us to think about and reflect on it. This revolution of liberated women cannot stop. In fact, nothing and nobody can stop it. I am completely sure, they will not be silenced.
Every year since 1927, TIME editors name a Person of the Year, recognizing the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year, for better or for worse. Of course, in 2017 they were for better. In this article I hope to have recognized all of them.
International Women’s Year (IWY) was the name given to 1975 by the United Nations. Since that year, March 8th has been celebrated as International Women’s Day, and the United Nations Decade for Women, from 1976 to 1985, was also established. International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, but unfortunately, not in all of them yet. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, sexual, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women; of liberated women.
From my point of view, every day and every year should be celebrated as Women’s Day and as Women’s Year.
I hope some day, all the liberated woman in this world will be able to come forward and reveal their identities. I would like to dedicate these few words to all the anonymous liberated women of this marvellous and huge world.
Juan Antonio Buendía Sánchez
Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Molina de Segura