Who Started the Me Too Movement?
Activist Tarana Burke is undeniably a name to know, and for good reason. She's the woman responsible for starting the #MeToo movement in 2006, which encourages women to show solidarity with each other, specifically when it comes to sexual harassment. The hashtag that represents the social cause went viral in 2017 when Alyssa Milano used it in support of friend Rose McGowan's allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein.
That's why Burke, who by the way was among Time's 2017 Silence Breakers, was in the spotlight at the 2018 Golden Globes, where celebrities hit the red carpet in black to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood and support Time's Up. Burke arrived with All the Money in the World star and nominee Michelle Williams, who eagerly spoke about her activism.
"You might think that we're here because I was nominated for something, but that's really not the case. We're here because Tarana started a movement and she planted a seed years ago and it's grown and caught on fire. She started the #MeToo movement," Williams told E! News on the red carpet.
"The most exciting thing is that I thought that I would have to raise my daughter to learn how to protect herself in a dangerous world, and I think that because of the work that Tarana has done and the work that I'm learning how to do, we actually have the opportunity to hand our children a different world," she continued. "I am moved beyond measure to be standing next to this beautiful woman. I have, like, tears in my eyes and a smile on my face."
Burke shared her thoughts on the fact that the movement has become so popular.
"It's deeply humbling. This is something that I started out of necessity and something that I thought that my community needed, and it's grown over the years, but I never could envision it growing like this," she said. "This movement is more powerful because we're seeing ... a collaboration between these two worlds that people don't usually put together."
She previously told Time why it's important to spotlight these stories. "Sexual harassment does bring shame. And I think it's really powerful that this transfer is happening, that these women are able not just to share their shame but to put the shame where it belongs: on the perpetrator."