Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten on Time’s Person of the Year

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)

WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the selection of “The Silence Breakers” as Time magazine’s Person of the Year:

“The #MeToo moment has turned into a movement. For decades, whether it be on college campuses or in workplaces, women felt they couldn’t speak out about sexual harassment or assault out of fear they wouldn’t be listened to or would be retaliated against, or because they felt ashamed or somehow responsible. Countless women, including myself, have faced sexual assault, rape, unwelcome advances and lewd talk and behavior at the workplace, in the boardroom, in union halls, at school and in our personal lives. The #MeToo campaign has broken the silence of countless women wide open, and there will be no turning back.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.