The mission of the I Believe Anita Hill Party is to encourage men and women to stand up and speak out for justice and equality.
Based on the courageous actions of Professor Anita Hill, who testified before a hostile, all-male US Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991, the I Believe Anita Hill Party brings hundreds of men and women together each year to acknowledge that sexual misconduct and gender-based misuse of power continues in the workplace. The party’s hosts and attendees embrace Professor Hill as an icon who/that helps empower millions of women and men around the world to succeed in whatever they choose as well as arming them with the tools to combat bias when they encounter it. The annual I Believe Anita Hill Party serves as an ongoing reminder to women of all generations that the story remains as relevant today as it was in 1991.
WHY THIS IS STILL NECESSARY:
There is a generation of people who don’t even know the history of the problems they will confront. While 1991 seems long ago, it is the blink of an eye on the horizon of time. The problem we address is centuries old. Change can happen not because one person speaks out but because one person speaks out and other people join in. The I Believe Anita Hill Party seeks to bring the voices of many together for the common purpose of bringing equality to the workplace and ensuring the progress of recent decades continues.
The documentary, “Anita: Speaking Truth to Power”, filmed by Freida Mock (partially in Columbia at our 20th Annual Anita Hill Party), debuted in theaters across America on March 21, 2014. Click here to view the trailer.
The HBO movie, “Confirmation”, stars Kerry Washington as Anita Hill and depicts the hearings and the controversy that unfolded when Anita Hill alleged that she was sexually harassed by Clarence Thomas. The film premiered on April 16th, 2016. Click here to view the trailer.