It’s a big time of the year, and the moment has finally arrived when TIME Magazine have named their ‘Person of Year’.
Last year it was US president Donald Trump; surely he couldn’t scoop it for two years in a row?
No, this time around, TIME has named The Silence Breakers as 2017 Person of the Year.
These individuals who set off a national and international movement over the amount of sexual harassment that has taken place in Hollywood and high up in the entertainment industry over the years.
It prompted millions of women to participate in the #MeToo movement on Twitter, so say that they had also been victims of sexual harassment in their lives. In the workplace, in their relationships, at school and college, even in the street.
The powerful cover photo, which will be shared all around the world and of course appear on news stands everywhere includes a group of women: Activist Adama Iwu, actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler.
“The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe,” quoted TIME, in its story about the cover.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the selection process in which women such as Judd, Swift, and Fowler recently.
“The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover…along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s,” Felsenthal said in a statement.
President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping were named as the second and third most influential people on the list.
TIME has identified the Person of the Year for nearly a century, recognizing the person or group of people who most influenced the news, for better or worse.
Past winners have included Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth.
This isn’t the first time that an individual hasn’t won the award, with plenty of groups awarded Person of the Year in its history. Back in 1993 The Peacemakers won, who helped to take down the system of Apartheid in South Africa, and Ebola fighters won in 2014.
The Silence Breakers emerged amid an increasing amount allegations of sexual misconduct and assault by film executive Harvey Weinstein.