"Me Too" Has Been Successful for Twelve Years, Tarana Burke
Tarana Burke says the "me too." movement had been successful long before it became a trending hashtag in 2017, touching the lives of hundreds of children and adults for the past 12 years.
TARANA BURKE: There's a way that people frame what's happening as if MeToo is suddenly successful. That's not true. The work that we've done in MeToo has been successful for 10 years, for 12 years, actually. But it's about how you define success. And there's a way that people bring this to me that always diminishes the history of it when they think they're actually trying to give accolades.
My work is successful. I have hundreds of children, hundreds of adults, of people's lives who have been touched by the work that we've put forward in MeToo, and that's what success means to me. So I never had, like, a, oh, boy. Now, we made it kind of moment. Because this could have never happened, and I would still be out here speaking at conferences, and workshops, and whenever people would let me do it, and I would be fine, and we would be successful.