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The #MeToo movement's 'silence breakers' were honored as Time's Person of the Year

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The "silence breakers" of the #MeToo movement have been recognized as Time magazine's Person of the Year.

Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu and Isabel Pascual are pictured on the cover of Time's Person of the Year issue.

The announcement was made Wednesday on NBC's "Today," which recently saw longtime host Matt Lauer ousted amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

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"I could never imagine this," said #MeToo creator Tarana Burke, who appeared on "Today" alongside actress Alyssa Milano. "I could never have envisioned something that would change the world. I was trying to change my community."

"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," Edward Felsenthal, Time's editor-in-chief, said in a statement.

"The idea that influential, inspirational individuals shape the world could not be more apt this year," he added.

"For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, The Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of The Year."

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Felsenthal noted that the #MeToo hashtag that has become a recurring sight on social media is a "powerful accelerant" that has been used millions of times in at least 85 nations since first emerging earlier this year.

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"[It's] just the start," Burke said on "Today." "I've been saying from the beginning, it's not just a moment, it's a movement. And movements build over time and they're strategic."

"Now the work really begins," the activist added. "The hashtag is a declaration but now we're poised to really stand up and do the work."

After numerous accusations of sexual misconduct were leveled against Harvey Weinstein and other high-profile men, millions came forward to share their own stories of sexual harassment and assault.

President Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick were among Time's other finalists this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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