Dec 6, 2017, 8:22 AM ET

The 'silence breakers' of #MeToo movement named Time magazine's 2017 person of the year

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The "silence breakers" — the women behind this year's #MeToo movement against sexual harassment — are Time magazine's 2017 person of the year.

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"The 2017 person of the year is the silence breakers, the voices that launched a movement," Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said today in making the announcement on NBC News' "Today" show.

He called the #MeToo movement the "fastest moving social change we've seen in decades."

"And it began by individual acts of courage by hundreds of women and some men, too, who came forward to tell their stories of harassment and assault," he added.

Social activist Tarana Burke created the "me too" movement a decade ago to help sexual assault survivors in disadvantaged communities.

Actress Alyssa Milano was one of the first high-profile women to use the "me too" hashtag this year after several actresses came forward with allegations of sexual assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

"If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet," she wrote on Twitter in October.

"Women posting 'me too,' I think, gave them the courage to not have to tell their story or not have to name their predator but to just stand in solidarity," Milano said in an October interview on ABC News' "Good Morning America."

Weinstein has repeatedly denied any allegations of "nonconsensual sex."

Featured on the current Time person of the year cover are actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber software engineer Susan Fowler, California lobbyist who Adama Iwu and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual. They all went public with the stories of sexual misconduct they said they faced in the workplace.

President Donald Trump, the magazine's 2016 person of the year, was the runner-up this year, and Chinese President Xi Jinping was third on the list.

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  • lavendula38

    This is too ironic. People Of The Year are women fighting Sexual Harassment and the runner up is a sexual predator. Time Magazine really screwed this one up!

  • Lifeishortgetaladder.

    Oh sad. but the topic as "person of the year" sure the H isn't a very HAPPY occassion... something to bring pride and warm fuzzies for Time readers... Noooo, the "person" is a mission / cause to get women to stand up and press charges against men who are obviously capital A 2xs 1h 1o 1l 1e another s... And I suggests in a timely- iron is hot -manner as well. NOT 30 years later!!!!!
    Silence is acquitance or something akin to that word silence is permission? approval? missing for 7 years you#re legally DEAD: He assualted me 20 years ago is a movement!!

  • A Vita

    Yea!

  • Pat Baxter

    What needs to happen is female owned/operated businesses and other such entities need to boycott Alabama especially if Moore is elected. No business should want to do business in a state as corrupt as a Moore-led Alabama. Let's get corporations to do the right thing and not do business with a Moore-led Alabama. Boycott Moore; boycott Alabama.

  • Marine Dad05

    Darn it....I'm sure this is fake news.
    All this while I was hoping (hope against hope really), that Donny would make it. He even tried to game it..

  • Blaize Rage

    So whose right arm is shown and not the rest of the person?

  • Phoenix Punk

    Good for Time being the next Cosmo. Not even worth reading in the can anymore.

  • peteringa

    Maybe these ladies could pledge legal help to anyone who rats out Trump?

  • bull123

    good grief

  • Jackie

    Time magazine got it RIGHT!

  • Indy

    Bet tumps angry now, the very women he's been abusing willfully over the years, are now stealing the cover that he obviously want himself, through their excellent #metoo campaign. I'm proud of and happy for all of those that are speaking out against this repugnant behavior, it's way past time for change.

  • Niltsi

    Ok. Out of the choices on the cover, I choose Taylor Swift to be Person of the Year.

  • Moonhill

    I could hardly wait to find out who Time would choose! NOT!

  • arlincarlson

    No more fake news. Hash tag are not people. They may collectively symbolize a movement,but are not people.
    Time inaccurate again.

  • Lee Thompson

    there are some very paranoid, fearful men on this board. Counseling might help.
    Y'all have a nice evening.

  • Quantez Williams

    How do you feel about the ones that sued their harassers instead of filing criminal charges?

  • Ronald Bandor

    Time Person of the Year jumped the shark in 2006 when they named "You" as the person of the year. Now, every time I hear about the latest, I think of that one and laugh.

  • chase badger

    I hope the story eventually comes to light that women sexually harass their employees, too. Whether the employees are men or women. While men come on to me in the workplace, none have tried to fire me for turning them down. And none have physically assaulted me. Not true of women. They'll come at you physically and you'll be on the street looking for work in very short order. Women take no prisoners.

  • Quantez Williams

    Sexual harassment is wrong, but there is nothing wrong with propositioning women in hotel rooms. If you don't want to do anything, then just leave.