Tarana Burke

Founder of The ‘Me Too’ Movement & Social Justice Activist

The simple yet courageous #metoo hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for
people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana’s
powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports
survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.

#Metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of
her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to
help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now
inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus
back on survivors.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now working under the banner of The ‘me too’
Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She is also
senior director of programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. On stage, she provides
words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races,
genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing
to those who have experienced trauma.

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