Social Justice Activist; Senior Director, Girls for Gender Equity
Tarana Burke is a social justice activist, senior director at Girls for Gender Equity, and original founder of the “me too” movement. Having dedicated more than 25 years to social justice work, she created the “me too” campaign at her youth organization, Just Be, in 2006 to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. A sexual assault survivor herself, Burke has been working under the banner of #metoo since actress Alyssa Milano amplified the phrase in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. She’s one of “the silence breakers” named TIME Person of the Year for 2017 and received the 2018 Ridenhour Prize for Courage.