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The Anita Hill Effect


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In 1991, Anita Hill testified before the U.S. Senate that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her when they worked together. Cristen and Caroline talk about the significance, gender and racial dynamics, and lasting impact of Hill's public hearing that captivated the nation.

Episode Sources:

"An outline of the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas Controversy" https://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/122/hill/hillframe.htm

"Sex, lies and politics: He said, she said" http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,974096,00.html

"Book author says he lied in his attacks on Anita Hill in bid to aid Justice Thomas" http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/27/us/book-author-says-he-lied-his-attacks-anita-hill-bid-aid-justice-thomas.html

"'All these issues are still with us'" http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2014/03/talking_to_anita_hill_at_57_the_woman_who_stood_up_to_clarence_thomas_is.html

"Anita Hill discusses Clarence Thomas twenty years later" http://www.newsweek.com/anita-hill-discusses-clarence-thomas-twenty-years-later-68241

"What is Clarence Thomas thinking?" http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/02/what-is-clarence-thomas-thinking/284082/

"New Anita Hill film recalls when sexual harassment went mainstream" http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-03-21/new-anita-hill-film-recalls-when-sexual-harassment-went-mainstream

"The other woman" https://www.brandeis.edu/investigate/selectedwork/docs/AngelaWright_TheOtherWoman.pdf

"Lillian McEwan breaks her 19-year silence on Clarence Thomas" http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/21/AR2010102106645.html

"What they didn't tell you about Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/schuster-institute-for-investigative-journalism/what-they-didnt-tell-you-_b_5070620.html

"'Our hands are tied because of this damn brother-sisterhood thing'" http://www.buzzfeed.com/anitabadejo/where-is-that-narrative#.jqyoVonoND

Academic Insights:

"A review: Rush to judgment? Fast reaction polls in the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Controversy." Dianne Rucinski. The Public Opinion Quarterly. Vol. 57, No. 4. Pages 575-592. Winter 1993. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2749487?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Topics in this Podcast: sexism, women in the workplace, discrimination, sexual harassment, racism