Tarana Burke
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United States

Girls for Gender Equity


Senior Director

Bronx-born Burke is the real founder of the #MeToo movement. The longtime social activist and community organizer, who now heads up the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equality, coined the term in 2006, then unaware of the resonance it would take on. She took center stage last year as revelations of sexual misconduct took down a series of towering media figures. But she seized the moment, partnering with both the New York Women’s Foundation to create a fund providing grants for organizations combating sexual violence and the Firecracker Foundation to build a national model for working with young abuse victims. In the process, America’s gender politics were being reshaped. She is capping 2018 by serving as guest editor for November’s Essence magazine.


  • Just Be, Inc.
  • National Voting Rights Museum (Selma, AL)
  • Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia


  • Alabama State University (AL, USA)
  • Auburn University (AL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • New Power of New York
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke on the Rigorous Work That Still Lies Ahead

#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke on the Rigorous Work That Still Lies Ahead

It’s no secret that Hollywood runs off power, privilege and access, and because of that it is important in this moment to also examine the ways that unchecked privilege and power accumulate and are wielded against the most vulnerable. We know this doesn’t just happen in Hollywood, so we have to do the same kind of rigorous investigation and analysis of the culture within all our major corporations and communities that consistently allows sexual violence to occur again and again.What...


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