Time's Person of the Year: 'Silence Breakers' speaking out against sexual harassment

The #MeToo Movement brought attention to the problem of sexual harassment

The #MeToo Movement brought attention to the problem of sexual harassment

"Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named "Man (Person) of the Year", like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot", said Trump "I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!" Its choices have included almost every USA president, Adolf Hitler, Ayatollah Khomeini, Mahatma Gandhi and Pope Francis, along with groups like the "Ebola fighters".

The #MeToo movement has led to a reckoning in American culture about the mistreatment of women, often by men in positions of power. They might labor in California fields, or behind the front desk at New York City's regal Plaza Hotel, or in the European Parliament. But now they have a voice. Outside of politics, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and former National Football League player and activist Colin Kaepernick were also considered, as well as Dreamers and the #MeToo movement as whole entities. Burke is the founder of a non-profit which helps survivors and she called on women to show solidarity with each other as early as 2006.

"These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone, their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: almost every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced". The magazine also pays homage to state senator Sara Gelser, singer Taylor Swift, and an anonymous survivors.

Time's editor-in-chief announced the pick Wednesday morning on NBC's "Today".

Time's shortlist for Person of the Year is here. In 2015, the magazine named Angela Merkel for her decisive response to Europe's refugee crisis, one of many emergencies she has managed over the last decade. The magazine was quick to rebuke Trump: "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year".

Other finalists included President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Trump claimed last month that the magazine told him he was the likely victor for the second consecutive year, which Time later disputed. "TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6".

Thousands more women have used the hashtag #MeToo to draw attention to the pervasive problem of sexual harassment.

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