You are here

Share Share Share Share Share Share Share
Blog:
Jewesses with Attitude

Why I Believe Anita Hill — Now More Than Ever

Like Hinda Mandell, I experienced the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings at a formative moment of my childhood. The entire spectacle of the trial made a really strong impression on me and the ensuing “Year of the Woman” helped turn me into a budding self-identified feminist — walking around my Jewish day school with Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein buttons affixed to my shirt, and a neon pink “Choice” hat atop my head.

So I reacted to the Ginni Thomas phone message fiasco with amusement and frustration at the media for framing the story around Hill’s refusal to apologize rather than Thomas’s outlandish behavior.

It’s true, as Mandell writes, that no one involved seems to be able to escape the shadow of the scandal. But I don’t feel any sympathy for Ginni Thomas. As feminist bloggers have been saying, people often dismiss sexual harassment with one of two common phrases: “She deserved it” or “She made it up.” Judging from her now-famous voicemail, Ginni Thomas intimates the latter about Hill.

Read more at the Sisterhood >> 

Sarah Seltzer is a regular contributor to the Sisterhood, which crossposts regularly with Jewesses with Attitude.

How to cite this page

Seltzer, Sarah. "Why I Believe Anita Hill — Now More Than Ever ." 22 October 2010. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on January 23, 2017) <https://jwa.org/blog/why-i-still-believe-anita-hill>.

Donate

Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Poll

What is the best Jewish feminist tv show currently on tv?

Sign Up for JWA eNews

 

Twitter

1 hour
Happy birthday to biochemist Gertrude Elion, who helped develop drugs for leukemia, herpes and other medical issues. https://t.co/7qc2dd7Y8z
2 hr
Of course! We have nothing but respect & admiration for her. However, people can be smuggled--the word isn't just for objects!