Anita Hill on sexual harassment, power & justice


In the early 90s when a law professor named Anita Hill appeared before a U.S. Senate committee considering the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas, her allegations of sexual harassment would force a nation-wide debate on women's rights and an education for a row of Republican and Democratic male Senators who had clearly never before been publicly forced to confront such realities in their cavernous halls of power. Today, we speak to Anita Hill on what's changed and what has not.

Professor of Social Policy, Law & Women's Studies, Anita Hill

It was just over two decades ago that Anita Hill was part of a hearing that rapidly became riveting drama -- the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. For one day in 1991, Anita Hill, a law professor at the University of Oklahoma was grilled by U.S. Senators about her allegations.

She claimed Clarence Thomas -- a Supreme Court nominee -- had sexually harassed her when the two worked together at the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

Those hearings, and what they said about race, rights and equality in America is part of the background for the new documentary, Anita. It screens at Toronto's Hot Docs festival tomorrow night.

Anita Hill is a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University. She was in Waltham, Massachusetts.

This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.

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