The #MeToo movement has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017.
On its cover, Time called the people behind the movement “The Silence Breakers.” Its story features women and men who have spoken out — including activist Tarana Burke, who started the hashtag 10 years ago.
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017
The recognition comes amid a wave of public allegations of sexual misconduct that have targeted some of the most prominent men in U.S. politics, media and entertainment, leading to multiple firings and investigations.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who was Time’s person of the year in 2016, was the first runner-up this year, followed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The shortlist of candidates for the distinction included:
- The Dreamers
- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
- Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins
- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
- Protest leader Colin Kaepernick
- Special counsel Robert Mueller
- Chinese President Xi Jinping
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia
- President Trump