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Time's "Person of the Year" is actually more than one

Time's Person of the Year are the "Silence Breakers."
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Every year Time Magazine chooses its Person of the Year, but this year it is more that one.

The cultural reckoning in 2018 against high profile people in society by mostly women shed light on sexual misconduct in the workplace and also re-ignited a #MetToo social media campaign.

Known as the “Silence Breakers” the women on the cover have been at the forefront the sexual harassment and assault discussion.

“This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries,” Time’s story said.

“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: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced. In some cases, criminal charges have been brought.”

The choice was revealed on NBC’s Today Show on Wednesday by editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal.

“It became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning,” Felsenthal wrote on Time’s website. “But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage.”

President Trump was the runner-up to take the cover followed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.