The magazine's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the selection Wednesday on TODAY along with the cover, a composite group photo that includes actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler.
The movement put a spotlight on just how prevalent sexual harassment is in many women's lives.
It's a recognition of the cultural reckoning this year and the #MeToo movement, which represents the people, mostly women, who have fueled a worldwide discussion about sexual harassment and assault. "Literally, I exited that hotel room at the Peninsula Hotel in 1997 and came straight downstairs to the lobby, where my dad was waiting for me, because he happened to be in Los Angeles from Kentucky, visiting me on the set".
Social activist Tarana Burke also responded to being included in the story, tweeting: "Thank you EVERYONE!"
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It was the 91st year that the magazine has recognized the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year. He said in November that he had turned down the award, which Time denied. Heated political decisions have rocked the American landscape, North Korea has its enemies on edge, and still, humankind progresses.
President Trump was the Person of the Year in 2016. Tied for third were Kaepernick, Mueller, and Dreamers (undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children) with 5 percent. They are facing deportation as Trump's administration has rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, usually called DACA.
President Xi Jinping, one of the few world leaders who President Trump has made a point of working closely with over the past year, made the list during the same year he was elected to his second five year term as leader of China. Named crown prince of Saudi Arabia by his father, King Salman, Mohammed bin Salman is a dynamic member of the ruling family of the Middle East's wealthiest nation. Time called that account false.
One of the names noticeably missing from the list was former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who had been among the finalists a year ago but ultimately lost out to President Trump.