Echoes of Anita Hill, but in a Different Era for WomenBreaking News
tags: Clarence Thomas, sexual harassment, Anita Hill, Brett Kavanaugh, Sexual Assalt, Christine Blasey Ford
● Anita Hill's accusations did not hurt public support for Clarence Thomas in '91
● When Anita Hill Testified, These Scholars Were Moved to Act. Now They’re Contemplating What’s Changed. (CHE)
She went public just days before a critical vote and took a polygraph test to bolster her credibility. He unequivocally denied her years-old charges of sexual misconduct. Calls mounted to delay the vote and investigate. It was late September, and a Supreme Court seat hung in the balance.
For those of a certain age in Washington, the past few days have felt like an eerie echo of the confirmation battle that consumed the capital in 1991 when Anita F. Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her. Now it is Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh who faces a hearing on Monday to address explosive accusations by Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.
While not a perfect parallel, the case has quickly polarized Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, once again drawing in all three branches of government for a showdown over sex, truth and politics. Justice Thomas ultimately prevailed, and has been on the Supreme Court for more than a quarter of a century. But this time the battle takes place in a different era, at a moment when the #MeToo movement has brought down many powerful men over accusations of sexual misconduct that were once swept under the rug.
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