According to Democrat&Chronicle/Rochester First: A few weeks back, Dr. Celeste Kidd and Dr. Jessica Cantlon, both professors in the University of Rochester Brain and Cognitive Sciences department flew to New York City to be interviewed for what they were told would be a feature story in an upcoming edition of Time magazine.
They woke up this morning to learn just what that interview was for, when they were listed among ‘The Silence Breakers’ as Time’s Person of the Year‘, an award acknowledging the women and men who have spoken out about sexual harassment and abuse by powerful men like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer.
“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…,” the article reads.
“I’m happy for women, I’m happy for the cause but I’m especially happy for students at the University of Rochester who I know are looking for cues that the things that they’ve experienced are things that people care about,” said Kidd.
“Women’s voices are joining together now when they’ve been harassed or abused they are able to speak out about it they’re able to say absolutely not and now when they do that they find a comunity a public that is willing to listen to them that’s willing to believe them and willing to support them,” said Cantlon.
Kidd and Cantlon add they are not surprised their story is still getting national attention given how many people are affected by the same situations.