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Continued: The legacy of the Thomas-Hill hearings

  • Article by: RUTH MARCUS , Washington Post
  • Last update: October 5, 2011 - 1:32 PM

That would not happen today, with two women on the panel, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Two women served in the Senate in 1991; there are 17 today. 

As to sexual harassment, of course such behavior still occurs and some women still endure it rather than speak out.

But Hill's reluctant testimony educated and chastened many men, and it emboldened many women. The workplace of 2011 may not be perfect, but it is a better, fairer place. 

For me, the final legacy of the hearings is entirely personal: It's how I met my husband, who worked on the committee staff for a Democratic senator.

Late on the weekend the Hill story broke, he returned my phone call, explaining that he had been away at his grandmother's 90th birthday party.

Who, he asked, was Anita Hill? He seemed like a nice guy, so with uncharacteristic patience, I brought him up to speed, instead of following my instinct to pronounce him useless and hang up.

It was only months later -- after we started dating -- that I discovered he was feigning ignorance. 

Twenty years and two beautiful children later, I still believe Anita Hill. But I owe an odd, unpayable debt to Justice Thomas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better late than never, the movement to take America back from Wall Street has arrived.

On Wednesday, the ranks of the Occupy Wall Street encampment will swell as MoveOn.org members, union activists and ordinary disgruntled citizens join the demonstration against our financial sector's misrule of the American economy.

What's more, long-planned anti-bank demonstrations in major cities this week are growing beyond their organizers' fondest hopes as the Wall Street protest movement catches fire.

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