Anita Hill Is Here to Answer Your Questions

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Please give a warm welcome to Professor Anita Hill, who is answering reader questions today.


Ms. Hill spends time with us as Freida Mock's film Anita: Speaking Truth To Power is about to hit theaters. From the film's website:

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.

Find information about the documentary and planned events here; submit your questions for Ms. Hill below.

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Kate Dries

Thanks for joining us! You're obviously best known for your involvement in the Clarence Thomas nomination, but have also accomplished so many other amazing things. From what I've read, it sounds like a lot more of your life is explored through the documentary. Was it important for you that people get to see those other sides of you through this film?