TIME has named "The Silence Breakers" — the victims of sexual assault who set off a national reckoning by being brave enough to come forward with their stories — as its Person of the Year. The magazine's editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, said the choice was an easy one, as the courageous actions of these women have "unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s."
"For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, the Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year." — Edward Felsenthal, editor-in-chief of TIME.
Last year, TIME named Donald Trump as its Person of the Year, a paradox that is not lost on Felsenthal. He notes that at the onset, this year did not appear to be an opportune one for women after "a man who had bragged on tape about sexual assault took the oath of the highest office in the land."
The backdrop: Trump again made the shortlist 2017. A few weeks earlier, he tweeted that he he had told TIME "no thanks" when they informed him he would "probably" receive the title again. TIME denied the story.