How Anita Hill Paved the Way for Women in Government

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Media Outlet: Time

Jay Newton-Small wrote for TIME about Anita Hill's contribution to paving the way for women in government:

A quarter-century ago, Anita Hill spoke out about sexual harassment. She lost her fight, but women won in ways that still reverberate in American politics.

Hill’s accusations that then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her when she worked as his aide cost her greatly. She came away from testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee humiliated, her reputation in tatters, while Thomas was confirmed. But her testimony before the all-male committee — to be dramatized by Scandal’s Kerry Washington in an HBO on April 16 — galvanized millions of women across America.

One of them was a state lawmaker in Washington who found that Hill’s humiliation was all that women wanted to talk about at an event that evening.
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Jay Newton-Small was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow researching Alzheimer’s disease and end of life care. She is a correspondent for TIME magazine and author of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way Washington Works.