Anita F. Hill

Cindy Seip

Anita F. Hill is an American lawyer and academic, and a professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University. She is the author of Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home, and Speaking Truth to Power. Hill has also written widely on issues of race and gender in publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Critical Race Feminism, and others. She became a national figure in 1991 when, decades before the emergence of the #MeToo movement, she accused then United States Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of sexual harassment. Hill’s Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence (Viking) is a story of America’s long reckoning with gender violence, one that offers insights into its roots and paths to creating dialogue and substantive change. In her view, the issues of gender violence, touching on sex, race, age, and power, are as urgent today as they were when she testified. Publishers Weekly in a starred review called Believing “incisive and impassioned … Hill’s inspiring personal history, eloquently constructed arguments, and dogged persistence in shining a light on the topic make this an essential look at the fight against misogyny.”