Oct 18, 2011

I was only 11 years old when Anita Hill, a law professor, gave her testimony during Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. During that time, I was too young to understand the enormity of what it was that she was doing but now I do. Now that I've entered a corporate setting, I can fully appreciate the courage it took for Ms. Hill to go before the senate and tell her truth. For so many, when it comes to sexual harrassment in the work place, a lot of people choose to suffer in silence. Ms. Hill's testimony shined a very bright light on the ugly underbelly of corporate work environments.

This past weekend, Ms. Hill attended a conference at Hunter College in New York entitled, Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later. During the conference, three generations were brough together to respond and analyze present day realities in law, politics, the confluence of race, class and gender, the persistent questioning of women’s credibility, issues of black masculinity and current cases of sexual harassment. Ms. Hill also spoke about her experience and her life since her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Anita Hill is now a law professor at Brandeis University and the Author of "Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home."

What has Anita Hill meant for you?


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