A year after it gave accused sexual assaulter Donald Trump the honor, TIME on Wednesday named \u0022the Silence Breakers\u0022—the women (and men) named and unnamed who exposed and helped bring accountability for the staggering pervasiveness of sexual misconduct by those in positions of power—as 2017 Person of the Year.Editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said the movement was being honored \u0022For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable.\u0022The Silence Breakers are TIME\u0026#039;s Person of the Year 2017 #TIMEPOY https://t.co/mLgNTveY9z pic.twitter.com/GBo9z57RVG— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017\u0022This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight,\u0022 the magazine writes. \u0022But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries.\u0022\u0022These 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: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced. In some cases, criminal charges have been brought,\u0022 it continues.The hashtag #MeToo—coined years ago by social activist Tarana Burke and reignited this year by actor Alyssa Milano—as well as its international equivalents, \u0022has 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.\u0022Milano acknowledged the award with a thread on Twitter, writing: \u0022This is for every woman who came forward. This is for every woman who was brave enough to say #MeToo.\u0022In 2017 women stood up and said #MeToo. We overcame our fears to #BreakTheSilence. Technology and social media have connected us all. We can’t turn away from each other’s pain. We are connected to it. We are connected to each other. We are connected. THREAD. #TimePOTY— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 6, 2017TIME references stories of higher profile women like Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan as well as those whose stories were not featured in mainstream media reports like hotel worker Juana Melara and former dishwasher Sandra Pezqueda. The story notes that \u0022women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations, and virtually all corners of the globe.\u0022 They \u0022often had eerily similar stories to share.\u0022\u0022We\u0026#039;re still at the bomb-throwing point of this revolution, a reactive stage at which nuance can go into hiding,\u0022 TIME writes. Yet, \u0022for the moment, the world is listening.\u0022Burke, for her part, tweeted Wednesday morning: \u0022Now the work REALLY begins.\u0022Thank you EVERYONE!! Especially all of you who rang the alarm when you thought I wasn’t being acknowledged. I couldn’t say anything!! I’m sorry. But I felt every bit of the love. Now the work REALLY begins. #metoo— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) December 6, 2017TIME has been naming a person of the year for over nine decades, but, as Washington Post correspondent Philip Bump noted, it has never given the honor to an American woman by herself.