Time magazine has named Silence Breakers, the individuals who spoke about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault, as their Person of the Year.
The award is sometimes given to a group as opposed to an individual, and in this case, Time magazine's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal justified the decision by comparing the brave women who spoke out against inappropriate sexual behaviour to the iconic social movements of the 1960s.
"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," Felsenthal proudly exclaimed in an official statement released by the magazine.
The Silence Breakers emerged following a proliferation of sexual misconduct allegations levied against prominent figures in show business, journalism and politics, which has seen the likes of Hollywood super-producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey and news anchors Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose named and shamed for their alleged malpractices.
Other prominent figures accused of sexual assault/harassment include the Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick, the Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, and the comedian Louis.C.K.
The front cover sees an illustration of notable women who spoke out against their attackers and by doing so helped spawn the #MeToo movement on social media, encouraging other victims also to speak out.
The magazine had released their shortlist for the highly-coveted accolade on Monday, which included the Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, America's much-maligned president Donald J. Trump and the former NFL footballer and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick.