Beverly Gooden

Beverly Gooden is a social activist and speaker known for her groundbreaking hashtag movement, #WhyIStayed. Her debut memoir, Surviving: Why We Stay and How We Leave Abusive Relationships, was by Rowman & Littlefield. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the U.S. Office on Women’s Health, and TIME Magazine. She is the recipient of Investigation Discovery and Glamour magazine’s Inspire A Difference “Everyday Hero” Award and was featured in a Toyota commercial discussing her work with survivors of intimate partner violence. Beverly holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in social justice. She lives in Houston, TX with her many cactus plants.


Larissa Melo Pienkowski