Thursday, January 30, 2014
"I have nothing to gain here. This has been disruptive of my life, and I've taken a number of personal risks. ... I have not gained anything except knowing that I came forward and did what I felt that I had an obligation to do. That was to tell the truth," Anita Hill, October 1991
So strange to think there are now generations who don't know the name Anita Hill or understand her importance in history, which makes the documentary Anita: Speaking Truth to Power so important.
An entire country watched transfixed as a poised, beautiful African-American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated, and divisive figure.
Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that resonates still today. She has become an American icon, empowering millions of women and men around the world to stand up for equality and justice.
Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film is both a celebration of Anita Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side that fateful day 22 years ago. Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.
Here is a clip of Anita Hill talking to Brandeis University about her book "Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home":