TIME magazine names The Silence Breakers as Person of the Year


It's actually People of the Year: "The Silence Breakers".

"The image you see partially on the cover is of a woman we talked to... who doesn't feel that she can come forward without threatening her livelihood", explained Edward Felsenthal, Time editor in chief.

"This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight".

Time revealed the results of their reader's poll on Monday as well, which was won by Crown Prince bin Salman in overwhelming fashion, as he commanded 24 per cent of the vote versus the six per cent that runner-up the #MeToo movement received in the poll.

Time, however, had a different story.

The #MeToo hashtag was created more than a decade ago by the activist Tarana Burke.

Their stories of sexual harassment and sexual abuse, which cost major figures like movie mogul Harvey Weinstein their jobs, sparked the #MeToo movement that's changed workplaces in industries across the world. Like 2017's shortlist, 2016 also included larger groups, including the CRISPR scientists, who created technology to edit DNA, and the Flint whistleblowers, who exposed lead poisoning in the MI town's water. The president was named Person of the Year in 2016, shortly after being elected. As dozens of women accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, more individuals spoke up to expose dozens of other powerful men in Hollywood, journalism, and politics as sexual predators.

While the majority of the candidates were individuals, The Dreamers - thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents when they were children - also made the shortlist.

Trump, Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, Amazon head Jeff Bezos, Kim Jong-un, the dreamers and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller, were also on the shortlist for the award as the company states the person of the year is "for good or ill".

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 finalists were also a mix of political figures and cultural figures, including both Trump and Hillary Clinton, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beyoncé, and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.