#MeToo- 'The Silence Breakers' are TIME's person of the year

#MeToo- 'The Silence Breakers' are TIME's person of the year

Social activist Tarana Burke created the "Me too" slogan in 2007 for use with Just Be Inc.

The group was referred to as "The #MeToo Movement" on Time's publicly announced shortlist, but the name had changed by the time the title was announced on Wednesday. In October, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein resigned from his film studio after dozenswomen charging him with sexual assault. It also highlights the plight of sexual harassment among people who don't have as large of an audience by featuring Isabel Pascual, a woman from Mexico who works picking strawberries, and Adama Iwu, a corporate lobbyist in Sacramento.

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. The Magazine's editor-in-chief revealed the selection Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show.

The magazine's shortlist, announced Monday, included 2016 victor President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the Dreamers and former San Francisco 49ers football player Colin Kaepernick. This year's award was no different - for better or worse, as Gibbs might say.

Kim Jong Un - The North Korean leader has dominated headlines with his threats of nuclear war. His internet innovations have reshaped the landscape of American commerce.


The Dreamers were also nominated as a group - the 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as children by their parents.

President Donald Trump was runner-up this year, but in 2016 he won the accolade for the "revolution" he stirred in the US. Chinese President Xi Jinping came in third. Named crown prince of Saudi Arabia by his father, King Salman, Mohammed bin Salman is a dynamic member of the ruling family of the Middle East's wealthiest nation.

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.

Time has been selecting a Person of the Year since 1927, according to the magazine.

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