The Silence Breakers have been named as the Time magazine's Person of the Year. "The hashtag #metoo (swiftly adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which to date has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories, is part of the picture, but not all of it".
"This is the fastest-moving social change we've seen in decades", editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said.
Titled "The Silence Breakers", the cover photo is meant to represent the #MeToo movement through which women and men shared their stories of sexual harassment.
And in August, pop superstar Taylor Swift won a court case against a former radio host she accused of groping her in 2013.
They are shown alongside Isabel Pascual, a 42-year-old strawberry picker from Mexico (not her real name); Adama Iwu, a 40-year-old corporate lobbyist in Sacramento; and Susan Fowler, 26, a former Uber engineer whose allegation brought down Uber's CEO.
"A huge part of this story is that, as much as the stigma around this has been removed this year because of the Me Too movement, it's still really hard for a lot of women to come forward", she said.
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Time also pointed to other women who called attention to problems all year long. They wrote about the interviews they conducted for the story, "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".
"You fear what people are going to say", said Colford.
The magazine said President Trump was runner-up for the top title, while Chinese President Xi Jinping was third on the list.
In its Person of the Year cover story, Time notes that "this moment is borne of a very real and potent sense of unrest".
Time's Person of the Year is a notoriously closely guarded secret, with the magazine's staffers being sworn to secrecy about who will be chosen or even who is being considered. In 2014, "Ebola fighters" were recognised while in 2011 "The Protester" acknowledged the significance of the so-called Arab Spring.