'Silence Breakers' named Time magazine's Person of the Year

Billy & Hells review images from their portrait sitting with Megyn Kelly New York Nov. 21 2017

Billy & Hells review images from their portrait sitting with Megyn Kelly New York Nov. 21 2017. Kira Pollack for TIME

Time magazine announced its "Person of the Year" on the Today show Wednesday morning, naming "The Silence Breakers", the group of women and men who came forward to tell stories of sexual harassment and assault.

The cover features singer Taylor Swift, who sued a radio DJ who allegedly groped her during a photo for $1 and won; Ashely Judd, one of the first prominent women who came forward with accusations against Weinstein; Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who spoke out about harassment in the workplace; and a woman whose face is hidden, who has anonymously come forward with allegations against her employer.

OR state senator Sara Gelser outed member of her own party, Jeff Kruse - who was stripped of his committee responsibilities following the investigation, NBC's Megyn Kelly revealed in October that she had complained to Fox News executives about Bill O'Reilly harassing several women in the workplace - including another journalist featured by Time for this story, former Fox News Contributor Wendy Walsh.

"We're done. No more, '" Milano said.

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Trump claimed last month that the magazine told him he was the likely victor for the second consecutive year, which Time later disputed.

Constand is one of almost 50 women who say Cosby sexually assaulted them.

"The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover. along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s", explained TIME's editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal. The publication gave the title to the "The Silence Breakers" of the #MeToo movement for giving a voice to those who have been sexually harassed and assaulted.

President Trump was the runner-up for Person of the Year. His alleged crimes date back for decades. The shamed Hollywood movie mogul denies all accusations against him.

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"I could never had envisioned something that would change the world". Alyssa Milano then initiated the hashtag #MeToo - which was a campaign that had actually been started a decade ago by women's rights activist Tarana Burke.

On the story's heels, the bricks have tumbled across all industries, those accused of sexual misconduct include media personalities, political figures, artists, and more.

The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe.

Who were the Person of the Year runners-up?

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This year's short list was dominated by men, including Chinese president Xi Jinping, special prosecutor Robert Mueller, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and National Football League player Colin Kaepernick.

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