Tarana Burke is an American activist best known for her work with the Twitter hashtag #MeToo that started in 2019. The movement gave a voice to survivors of sexual violence and encouraged women around the globe to use social media to share their experiences with sexual violence.
The #MeToo hashtag empowered women speak out about their experiences, by creating a shared voice that allowed them to overcome the barriers that prevent women from discussing sexual violence. Many individuals who have participated in the movement by sharing their experiences of sexual violence online have said that it had helped them to heal. It has now been more than three years since the birth of the #MeToo hashtag on Twitter and women around the globe continue to use social media to share their experiences with sexual violence. The global #MeToo movement has already led to new changes against sexual violence laws in several countries, such as Egypt and Iran. With this movement, Tarana Burke was able to open Girls for Gender Equity, a non-profit organization in downtown Brooklyn, where she is the senior director and where she continues to fight for awareness to help women around the world regain their voice.