NEW YORK CITY (WFLA) — The Silence Breakers were just picked to be the 2017 Person of the Year for TIME Magazine.
They sparked the #MeToo movement that’s changed workplaces in industries across the world.
The social media outcry took off last month when a slew of high-profile men were publicly accused of sexual misconduct, starting with famous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017 was revealed Wednesday morning on the “Today” show.
“This is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades,” Time editor in chief Edward Felsenthal said on the show.
“This is just the start… it’s not just a moment, it’s a movement,” said #MeToo creator Tarana Burke.
President Donald Trump held the title in 2016 and was this year’s runner-up. Chinese President Xi Jinping came in third.
They beat out:
- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
- Undocumented immigrant advocates the Dreamers
- “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins
- North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un
- Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick
- Special counsel Robert Mueller
- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
- Chinese President Xi Jinping