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California lobbyist who spoke out against sexual harassment in the Capitol featured on Time's 'Person of the Year' cover

Time magazine has bestowed its annual “Person of the Year” honor to the people who have spoken out against sexual harassment and abuse—including a San Francisco-based lobbyist who helped ignite the conversation in the California Capitol.

Adama Iwu, one of the founders of the We Said Enough group that has called attention to sexual misconduct in state politics, is one of five women featured on the magazine’s cover, which was unveiled Wednesday morning.

Recognized collectively as “The Silence Breakers,” Iwu, a government affairs expert for Visa, appeared with actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Folwer and Isabel Pascual, a strawberry picker whose name was changed to protect her identity. They, along with many others, are featured in the cover story on people who exposed harassment and abuse in an array of industries.

“For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, the Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year,” wrote Edward Felsenthal, the magazine’s editor-in-chief.

“It was a huge honor,” Iwu said of being included in that group of women.

The We Said Enough group, in a statement, noted that its Oct. 17 letter, published in the Los Angeles Times, was the “first open statement by women working in politics calling for an end to the pervasive culture of harassment and assault within a Capitol community.”

“Today we stand on the shoulders of the women who came before us,” the statement says. “Our hope is that in this moment, we can all come together and secure lasting change.”

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