I Still Believe Anita Hill

I Still Believe Anita Hill


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In the fall of 1991, Anita Hill captured the country's attention when she testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee describing sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, who had been her boss and was about to ascend to the Supreme Court. We know what happened: she was challenged, disbelieved, and humiliated; he was given a life-long appointment to decide America's judicial fate.

What is lesser known is how many women and men were inspired by Anita Hill's bravery, how her testimony changed the feminist movement, and how she singlehandedly brought public awareness to the issue of sexual harassment. Twenty years later, this collection brings together three generations to witness, respond to, and analyze Hill's impact, and to present insights in law, politics, and the confluence of race, class, and gender.

With original contributions by Anita Hill, Melissa Harris-Perry, Catharine MacKinnon, Patricia J. Williams, Eve Ensler, Ai Jen Poo, Kimberly Crenshaw, Lynn Nottage, Gloria Steinem, Lani Guinier, Lisa Kron, Mary Oliver, Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Powell, and many others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558618091
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 840,918
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Amy Richards is most popularly known as the co-author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future and as the voice behind Ask Amy, the online advice column she has run since 1995. She is also the author of Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself and the co-author of Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism. In addition to her writing and consulting, Amy spends most of her days running the foremost feminist lecture agency, Soapbox Inc: Speakers Who Speak Out.

Cynthia Greenberg, a former community organizer, works as a consultant to social justice, human rights, and arts organizations. She organized the Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later conference.

Table of Contents

Editors' Note Amy Richards Cynthia Greenberg 11

Excerpts from the Testimony of Anita Hill 13

When You Speak Up Eve Ensler 17

Introduction Amy Richards 23

A Comment, Not Casual, Concerning Anita Hill Mary Oliver 25

Part I Witnesses: What Happened?

Remembrances: The Anita Hill Hearings-Twenty Years Later Louise M. Slaughter Maureen Dowd Patricia Schroeder 29

A Thank You Note to Anita Hill Letty Cottin Pogrebin 33

Twenty Years Later Dorothy Samuels 36

Anita Hill: Still Speaking Truth to Power Twenty Years Later Charles Ogletree 38

But Some of Us Are Brave Lani Guinier 43

Old and New Depictions of Justice: Reflections, circa 2011, on Hill-Thomas Judith Resnik 51

Voice, Heart, Ground Catharine A. MacKinnon 71

But I Could Be Jamia Wilson 75

Don't Get Me Started on These Women… Lisa Kron 80

Part II Responders: What Does Anita Hill Mean to You?

Nita Faye Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes 89

What Does Anita Hill Mean to You? Pat Mitchell Joanne N. Smith Ai-jen Poo Emily May Melissa V. Harris-Perry Rha Goddess 96

Word Power Hope Anita Smith 113

Part III I Still Believe Anita Hill

A Poem for Anita Hill Kevin Powell 121

What Does Credibility Look Like? Patricia J. Williams 131

Give Your Child Your Luggage, Not Your Baggage Anita F. Hill 135

Good Morning Anita Hill Edwidge Danticat 143

Part IV What Have we Learned in Twenty Years and What Comes Next?

The Bloodless Coup Deborah Copaken Kogan 149

Severe and Pervasive Kathleen Peratis 154

Stunned but Not Bowed Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw 158

Sex, Power, and Change: Where Do We Go Now? Virginia Valian 184

Supremacy Crimes Gloria Steinem 196

Very Easy to Say and Very Hard to Do-Even Twenty Years Later Devon W. Carbado 203

How to Run with It Julie Zeilinger 210

The Scarlet C Lynn Nottage 216

Afterword Cynthia Greenberg 221


Additional Excerpts from the Testimony of Anita Hill 225

Discussion Questions 232

Toolkit for Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 233

Co-Sponsors and Additional Resources 239

Acknowledgments 246

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

This powerful book preserves the essays and conversations from the October 2011 conference organized at Hunter College for the 20th anniversary of Anita Hill’s testimony at Clarence Thomas’s Senate confirmation hearings. The eloquent results explore the hearings themselves—in which Hill charged that Supreme Court nominee Thomas had sexually harassed her—as well as their impact on the legal, social, and cultural landscape, and the lives of the authors. Broken into four sections, the book includes reminiscences by key figures such as Charles Ogletree, Hill’s lead counsel, and Representatives Louise Slaughter and Patricia Schroeder, part of the delegation of women from the House who demanded an inquiry into the allegations, alongside essays by younger feminists, and a strong essay by Hill herself (now a professor at Brandeis University). The essays are by turns personal and analytical, but all are moving and engrossing. The volume also includes wonderful poems and performance pieces from the event, authored by the likes of Edwidge Danticat and Eve Ensler. These timely essays show us how those historic hearings brought sexual harassment (especially in the workplace) into the public eye, while also revealing what still hasn’t changed, and reminding us of the intersection of race, class, gender, and power that underlies this contentious issue." - Publishers Weekly

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I Still Believe Anita Hill: Three Generations Discuss the Legacies of Speaking Truth to Power 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was not enough evidence to prove this allegation. Anita Hill changed her story repeatedly. This is not speaking truth to power.