Whistle-blowing took center stage in economics and politics during 2001 and 2002, resulting in TIME’s naming of three whistle-blowers as its people of the year: Sherron Watkins (of ENRON), Cynthia Cooper (of WorldCom), and Colleen Rowley (of the FBI). Each was frustrated by her respective attempts to bring to the attention of her superiors actions that were detrimental to the company and, in the case of Rowley, potentially disastrous for the nation. It was their commitment to high ethical standards and to the truth that pushed them to move outside of the corporate channels when deaf ears were turned toward their warnings and concerns. There is some question about whether or not each of these women meet the strictest definition of a whistle-blower, but it is clear that each sought to exemplify the highest standards of ethical behavior and to expect similar behavior from her superiors 1. Why might the three People of the Year fail to meet the strictest definition of a whistle-blower?

According to me, all the three woman are whistleblowers and I respect them for they have done to keep the world safe. The only reason that can make them fail to meet the strictest definition of a whistleblower is the time taken to expose the illegal and unlawful things done by their employers. Some would have waited for a long time to disclose this information to the outside world and within that time the company would have caused some harm to people and the world. Usually, the whistleblowers disclose the information as soon as they find something unlawful happening might disclose it after one or two warnings. But these women would have taken a long time come and say what their companies are doing. Apart from these, all the three women have the qualities of a whistleblower and deserve equal respect for being brave.

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