28th Annual ‘I Believe Anita Hill’ event draws hundreds

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Women from across the state gathered at the longest running women’s networking event in the u-s.

The 28th annual ‘I Believe Anita Hill Celebration’ drew hundreds of influential women to the Bull Street district Tuesday night.

This years event centered on moving forward, not back, pushing for pay equality and the fight against sexual harassment and sexual assault as Anita Hill did. Read more>>>

Anita Hill is owed an apology and the line forms to the Right

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The enormous marble-walled Senate Caucus Room buzzed with activity amid the rush of a phalanx of Washington DC reporters and political journalists. Eager photographers jockeyed for space and positioned their cameras for the key shot of the witness at the green-clothed rectangular table. The entire room had been literally humming with anticipation until the chairman’s gavel sounded loudly and the witness rose from her seat to be sworn in. Beneath the glare of powerful klieg lights, and with the entire nation watching on television, a slender, attractive young African American woman faced the chairman and raised her right hand and swore to tell the truth. Impeccably coiffed and groomed and wearing a modest, crisp, teal-blue suit with parallel rows of golden buttons, she simultaneously and unwittingly took the oath — and her unique place in history. Read more >>>

Anita Hill On 2020 Election: We Don‘t Need ‘To Take The Lesser Of Two Evils‘

Anita Hill has never really been one for compromise.

The lawyer‘s decision not to do so first propelled her into public life nearly three decades ago, with sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas in his 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. And she doesn‘t intend to begin compromising now.

“You have to understand that what we need is not just to take the lesser of two evils,” Hill told NPR on Tuesday, an hour before she took the stage to accept her at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala in New York City.

These days, Hill and heads up the . But those Senate Judiciary Committee hearings have never quite disappeared in her rearview mirror since Thomas — who has long denied the allegations — was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Now, the hearings are back in the news because the senator who led them, Joe Biden, recently tossed his hat — and, nearly in the same breath, expressed his regret for how Hill was treated in 1991.

Source: Easton Caller

Harassment, Accountability, and the Erosion of Judicial Legitimacy

The impact of sexual harassment in the judiciary
In October 1991, Anita Hill testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was sexually harassed by now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, her superior during her time at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After three grueling days of nationally televised hearings during which the all-male Judiciary Committee tore apart Hill’s character, Justice Thomas was narrowly confirmed to the Supreme Court. Twenty-seven years later, history seemed to be repeating itself when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was sexually assaulted by now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Despite the enormous controversy associated with its decision, the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh by a razor-thin majority.

Source: American Progress

The Destructive Politics of White Amnesia

https://newrepublic.com/article/154605/joe-biden-destructive-politics-white-amnesia

Joe Biden set the stage for Donald Trump’s racial scapegoating. Why can’t he admit that he was wrong?

Biden has yet to accept any genuine responsibility for how he helped preside over a process that depicted women—African American women—as conniving bottom-feeders. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991, Biden actively enabled the humiliation and stigmatization of Anita Hill in that terrible spectacle of patriarchal impunity. He failed to call the multiple existing witnesses who could corroborate Hill’s testimony, while granting future Justice Clarence Thomas the ability to testify both before and after his accuser. From his chairman’s perch, meanwhile, Biden took a sharply inquisitorial line of questioning toward Hill, and reassured the country that Thomas’s character was beyond reproach.

Source: New Republic

Power Women at a Time of Challenge – On Pushback and Where We’re Headed

These days I sometimes struggle to find the words to share about the progress we are making as women.

When I struggle, I remember what Anita Hill told me last year at our first ever Power Women Summit in Los Angeles. I asked how she has persevered year after year since her testimony against Clarence Thomas was doubted and ultimately ignored by the Senate. She said: “Because I knew it wasn’t the end. I knew it was the beginning.”

Source: The Wrap

What We Can Learn from Anita Hill About Putting a Stop to Sexual Violence

Anita Hill forever became a household name when she testified that the now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her during the time she worked with him ten years prior at the age of 25. During the hearing Hill was asked several questions, some leading, and some outright offensive; however, she remained steadfast in the face of the highest court of the United States and shared her truth. Today, Hill is still fighting for the right for people to live a life free of sexual harassment and violence through her work as a professor, researcher, and writer.

Conversations about the prevalence and devastating emotional, physical, and economic effects that sexual violence and reporting sexual violence can have on a person — and how these effects disproportionately devastate lower wage working women of color — have reached a national level in the United States.

Source: BeLatina

Sex Harassment Laws Toughened in New York: ‘Finally, This Is Happening’

The New York Times

For decades, sexual harassment was the State Capitol’s worst-kept secret.

Even as women climbed the ranks of political power and won legal promises of gender equality, legislators avoided the topic of harassment. Female aides and even lawmakers who tried to complain were ignored or paid to be silent.

Even when harassment scandals burst into public view, lawmakers did not propose bills to strengthen workplace protections, promising instead to dedicate themselves to internal reform.

But under the newly Democrat-led Legislature, that era seems to have ended. Earlier this year, the state held its first public hearings on the issue in nearly 30 years. And on Wednesday, lawmakers passed sweeping anti-harassment legislation that supporters said would make New York’s laws among the most robust in the nation. Read more>>>

Anita Hill On Taking Down Sexual Assaulters: They May Be Loud But We’re Louder

Feme Stella

Since her days testifying for Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings, Anita Hill has become a fierce advocate for sexual assault survivors.

The professor recently gave the commencement speech at Wellesley College and discussed how sexual assault deniers enable men to keep doing what they’re doing.

She told the graduating class,

“There are those who would have us believe that the stories and statistics, showing the prevalence of sexual misconduct are a hoax. They prefer to believe in their own myths, often misogynist, about the behavior.” Read more>>>

Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says ‘I’m Sorry’ Is Not Enough

The New York Times

Joe Biden knew Anita Hill was going to be an issue for him. So a few weeks ago, as he prepared for his presidential announcement, he reached out to her through an intermediary and arranged a telephone call, hoping to assuage her.

It did not go how he had hoped.

On Thursday, the first day of his presidential campaign, the Biden camp disclosed the call, saying the former vice president had shared with Ms. Hill “his regret for what she endured” 28 years ago, when, as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he presided over the confirmation hearings in which she accused Clarence Thomas, President George Bush’s nominee to the Supreme Court, of sexual harassment. Read more>>>

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