'TIME' Magazine Names "The Silence Breakers" 2017's Person Of The Year

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Time has named the women behind the #MeToo movement as their Person of the Year.

The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe.

Time Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the selection Wednesday on NBC's "Today", revealing the cover to be a composite group photo that includes actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler.

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

And Chinese President Xi Jinping, one of the world's most powerful leaders, was nominated, as was Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who this year became the richest man on the planet. He added that Trump came in second "because he has changed the nature of the presidency and the way the White House functions".

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.

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Two of the other nominees were also Trump antagonists - former FBI Director and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, along with former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The magazine also nominated North Korean leader Kim Jonh Un. His internet innovations have reshaped the landscape of American commerce. The undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the country as children, are at risk of deportation if the government's Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program ends next year.

U.S. President Donald Trump was named No. 2 on Time Magazine's Person of the Year list after receiving the title last year. Only Mao Zedong has previously been so honored.

TIME magazine's Person of the Year is always a highly anticipated honor, but after the past year of unprecedented upheaval, the honor is going to the group of women breaking the silence.

The magazine gave a nod to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has shaken up the Middle East with promises for a "more moderate Islam" and last month's shocking anti-corruption crackdown on Saudi officials and princes.

Patty Jenkins earned a spot on Time's shortlist because she directed the blockbuster "Wonder Woman", becoming the first female director of an American studio superhero movie.

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