Time names 'The Silence Breakers' Person of the Year for 2017

Carla Harmon
December 6, 2017

The hundreds of women who have been speaking out about sexual harassment and sexual assault were also up against Colin Kaepernick, Robert Mueller, Jeff Bezos, the Dreamers, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Kim Jong Un of North Korea.

The #MeToo movement won recognition as Time's 2017 Person of the Year, announced on NBC's Today Show on Wednesday morning. It feels like Trump's election has sparked divisiveness like never before, yet events like the Women's March brought people together in historic numbers.

In an year, which has seen incredible number of women and also men coming out and narrating incidents of sexual harassment in work places leading to high profile exits, the TIME magazine has given the 2017 Person of the Year to the "The Silence Breakers". His internet innovations have reshaped the landscape of American commerce. The victor, named on Wednesday, is what the magazine is calling "the Silence Breakers".


Founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, appeared on the cover along with actresses Rose McGowan, Selma Blair and Ashley Judd, who broke the silence by coming forward with accusations against Harvey Weinstein.

After mounting speculation as who or what the newest choice would be, Time magazine finally made its decision public Wednesday.

TIME said "the silence breakers" have allowed America to start asking the right questions, but there's still a long way to go before harassment is eradicated.


"The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year", a Time spokeswoman told CNN in a statement. "The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer".

That list was compiled by the editors of Time based on who they believe has influenced the world around them "for good or ill" the most over the past 12 months.

Last year's victor President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping were runner up and third place, respectively. She wrote that it was "hard to measure the scale of his disruption", which is likely still true one year later. He said in November that he had turned down the award, which Time denied.


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