RESCHEDULED: A Conversation with Tarana Burke, Founder of the 'me too.' Movement
August 14, 2018
For the past several months, only one political and cultural issue has managed to capture the attention of the United States, and much of the world, beyond the daily developments related to the Trump presidency. That issue is “me too.”
As it has gathered enormous attention, so too has The 'me too.' Movement generated enormous controversy.
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is pleased to be able to offer an opportunity to learn the story behind the genesis of the viral 2017 TIME Person Of The Year-winning ‘me too’ movement, from its founder, Tarana Burke.
The simple yet courageous 'me too.' campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment. As creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors, Tarana’s powerful, story is powerful and poignant.
'Me too.' 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.
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