Time magazine on Wednesday named “The Silence Breakers” as its 2017 person of the year, referring to the many individuals who helped expose the prevalence of sexual harassment in the worlds of entertainment, technology, media and other sectors of American life this year. “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,” Time’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, said in a statement. The Time Inc. (TWX) magazine’s cover photo includes actress Ashley Judd, one of the first women to go public with allegations of abuse by film producer Harvey Weinstein; Taylor Swift, who spoke to the magazine for the first time since winning a groping lawsuit against DJ David Mueller; and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, who went public with allegations that women are discriminated against at the ride-sharing company, leading to the departure of a number of executives, including then-chief executive Travis Kalanick. President Trump, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had been named Monday as among the magazine’s person-of-the-year finalists (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-joined-on-time-person-of-the-year-shortlist-by-nemeses-kim-jon-un-colin-kaepernick-2017-12-04). Trump, the 2016 person of the year (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-is-time-person-of-the-year-whatever-happens-next-it-will-never-be-like-it-was-before-2016-12-07), was runner-up this time around, Felsenthal confirmed in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. Time Inc. shares were not active in premarket trading but have gained 5% in 2017, while the S&P 500 has gained 17%.
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