Time's editor-in-chief announced the pick Wednesday morning on NBC's "Today". Like 2017's shortlist, 2016 also included larger groups, including the CRISPR scientists, who created technology to edit DNA, and the Flint whistleblowers, who exposed lead poisoning in the MI town's water.
Time magazine today named "The Silence Breakers" who revealed the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault across various industries that triggered a national reckoning in the United States as Person of the Year.
"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: almost every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced".
Since 1927, Time Magazine has awarded the Person of the Year title to an individual or group of people who the magazine editors believe influenced news and events over the last year "for good or ill".
While the majority of the candidates were individuals, The Dreamers - thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the USA by their parents when they were children - also made the shortlist.
Kim Jong Un - The North Korean leader has dominated headlines with his threats of nuclear war.
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.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a movement when he took a knee during the National Anthem previous year to protest racial injustice.
In October, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein resigned from his film studio after dozenswomen charging him with sexual assault.
A third Asian leader and the sole finalist from the Middle East was also among the 10, with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia finding himself in the running after he launched a far-reaching crackdown on government corruption and spending that targeted many members of his own family. The choices ranged from Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, to Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether or not the Trump campaign played a role in Russia's attempted interference in the 2017 election.