This black woman started #MeToo years ago. Now, she's paving the way toward change.
Tarana Burke has been working as an activist for years, but her work has become internationally recognized in recent months after #MeToo went viral.
A longtime advocate for sexual assault survivors, Burke has devoted her life to improving the lives of young girls from marginalized groups. Historically, women of color have often been left out or virtually ignored in conversations around sexual assault and abuse. Burke has made black and brown girls the center of her work and is a driving force in making the #MeToo movement intersectional.
Burke’s visible leadership points to an important shift in feminist causes: Women of color must participate and create, but also be elevated as leaders and innovators.
Burke talked with Upworthy about this need and the importance of intersectionality in the #MeToo movement.