Anita Hill talks about putting an end to sexual harassment

USC Annenberg Media

Anita Hill told college students they should speak up about sexual harassment.

At a forum in Bovard Auditorium on campus Thursday, the attorney and professor said her experience during the 1991 confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is similar to what Christine Blasey Ford experienced this fall.

Hill went into detail about her experience with Thomas, who was confirmed despite her accusations of harassment more than two decades ago. She said she viewed it as “my job to tell what happened to me,” and encouraged young women experiencing harassment to be brave and tell their stories. Read more>>>

Anita Hill has unanswered questions regarding Kavanaugh

USC Dornsife

Anita Hill said she has “so many questions” that she would have liked to ask Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the Senate confirmation hearings in September, before his confirmation to the United States Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was accused by Christine Blasey Ford, now a professor of psychology, of assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers.

Twenty-seven years before Blasey Ford’s testimony, Hill, a professor of law, had sat before some of the same members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, describing allegations of sexual harassment that she said she had endured from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas when she worked with him at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and, later, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Read more>>>

Hollywood Women Make History at First Power Women Summit: Takeaways and Next Moves

The Wrap

Hollywood women made history Thursday and Friday.

With 1,500 women from all across the media and entertainment industry, the Power Women Summit was the largest gathering ever of women in Hollywood aimed at moving forward on the goal of achieving gender equity in entertainment and media. Read more>>>

Outraged by Brett Kavanaugh confirmation? Make 2018 another Year of the Woman.

USA Today

It’s hard to imagine anything more depressing than the media and Republicans in Congress arguing that the Brett Kavanaugh hearings — along with the demeaning treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — somehow constituted a political victory for the GOP.  But these people have confused winning a single battle for the larger war.  Despite the incredible pain provoked by Kavanaugh and his defenders, I have no doubt that opposing his nomination was a fight worth waging. In fact, history has already shown us the potential backlash that his appointment can spark against the GOP. Read more>>

Anna Eshoo, the First in Congress to Hear Blasey Ford’s Story, on the ‘Year of the Woman’

Fortune

How does Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony about Brett Kavanaugh affect this year’s elections, compared to Anita Hill?

Dr. Blasey Ford is my constituent. She came to me in July—I’d never met her before—she told me her story. She understood very well the risks [of coming forward.] She weighed those risks, everything this involved, weighing her privacy, the consequences to herself and her family. She has demonstrated her willingness to risk these factors to present the truth. I’m grateful to her for choosing to speak out on one of the most consequential decisions in our county. Read more>>>

 

TIME DOES NOT ALWAYS CHANGE THINGS

Loma Beat

American society has been making strides in talking about sexual assault, understanding what it is, supporting victims who come forward and encouraging other survivors to come forward. Many would think we would be more likely to believe victims of sexual assault because of this progress; unfortunately, this is not the case.

Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault. Many would be shocked to know that a situation almost identical to this happened twenty-seven years ago. Read more>>>

 

Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

International Policy Digest

She was sexually violated. She was too frightened to report. She testified about what happened before the Senate Judiciary Committee, only to have her testimony be challenged and her character judged. Yes, this is the story of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and also that of Ms. Anita Hill, who bravely testified in 1991 against then-Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas. Out of that moment in U.S. history, the Year of the Woman followed and Congress wrote into law the Violence Against Women Act. Read more>>>>

 

 

2018 Is the Second ‘Year of the Woman:’ An Oral History of the Women Who Gave Rise to the First

Fortune

The biggest story of the 2018 midterm elections—now just one week away—is the unprecedented number of women running for office. As of September, Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics found that 256 female candidates had qualified for ballots in House and Senate races, a new record that’s earned this cycle the “Year of the Woman” moniker.

But while this wave of female candidates has captured America’s attention, it’s actually the second election year to earn the sobriquet. The first was in 1992 when 28 women were elected to Congress, nearly doubling the number of women in the House of Representatives and bringing the total of female senators from two to six. (Notably, it was also the year President Bill Clinton was elected.) Read more>>>

Anita Hill tells YWCA Silicon Valley: ‘I will not retreat now’

The Mercury News

SANTA CLARA — Anita Hill, whose historic testimony against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas 27 years ago transformed the women’s movement, implored an enthusiastic crowd on Tuesday to keep up the fight despite being “jolted back to the past, a past we all believed we as a nation had grown beyond.”

“No one imagined that a Supreme Court nomination could return so many men and women to the pain of the past,” Hill said of the recent confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh who was accused of sexual assault. “We could not imagine that an eloquent and thoughtful and sincere Christine Blasey Ford would speak to a group of senators whose interest was not in getting the truth, but was with getting on with their own particular agenda.”Read more>>>

Casualties of the Supreme Court wars

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Reflecting on the continuing controversies surround-ing the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, I cannot help but recall Sen. Susan Collins articulating out loud the duplicitous position previously murmured by some Republicans in response to the sworn testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged she had been sexually assaulted by Justice Kavanaugh. Ms. Ford said she was “100 percent” certain that Justice Kavanaugh had attacked her when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Although Ms. Ford is a distinguished research psychologist and college professor at two respected universities, Ms. Collins  pronounced her crazy. Read more>>>

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