This week marks a significant milestone in the history of the modern women’s movement. It’s been three years since #MeToo went viral on Twitter, prompting women from all over the world to share their personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace.
NY1’s Roma Torre spoke with “Me Too” founder Tarana Burke, who started a nonprofit in 2006 to help survivors of harassment and abuse. The Bronx native discussed the nation’s standing on women’s issues ahead of the presidential election and how the movement can be beacon of change for future generations.
With Kamala Harris making history as the first African-American and first Asian woman to join a major party’s presidential ticket, Burke also discussed the progress women have made when it comes to equality.
“There’s been a resurgence of people hearing women, listening to the issues that affect women and responding in a positive way” said Burke. “Kamala Harris was one of the few candidates that had a platform against sexual harassment and sexual violence.”
When asked about Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and her reputation as a pro-life judge, Burke lamented conservative views on abortion. She adds it is important for justices to value life after birth and the well-being of mothers.