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Anita Hill      

Advocate for Civil and Human Rights; Author "Speaking Truth to Power"

In the fall of 1991, a young law professor found herself at the center of a media storm of almost unprecedented proportions. Burdened with information that could determine the future of a Supreme Court nomination, Professor Hill's experience changed the way we view sexual harassment, gender, and the judicial confirmation process.

The youngest of 13 children from a farm in rural Oklahoma, Anita Hill received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980. She began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C. Before becoming a law professor, she worked at the U. S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law, where she taught contracts and commercial law. She has made presentations to hundreds of business, professional, academic and civic organizations in the United States and abroad.

In 1991, Hill testified that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had made unwelcome sexual advances while he was her supervisor at the EEOC in the 1980s. Although Thomas's appointment was subsequently confirmed, Hill's testimony brought the issue of sexual harassment to public attention, forever changing relations between men and women in the workplace.

As counsel to Cohen Milstein, Anita Hill advises on class action workplace discrimination cases. Anitas latest book is Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home. She has also written her biography, Speaking Truth to Power and co-edited with Professor Emma Coleman Jordan, Race, Gender and Power in America: The Legacy of the Hill-Thomas Hearings.

Time, Inc., Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Ms. Magazine have published Professor Hills commentary and she has appeared on national television programs including Good Morning America, Meet the Press, The Today Show, The Tavis Smiley Show and Larry King Live.

A teacher, speaker, researcher and writer, Anita Hill has earned international prominence as an authority on race and gender issues, especially as they affect the workplace.

Professor Hill has received numerous honorary degrees and civic awards. She has chaired the Human Rights Law Committee of the International Bar Association. In addition, she is on the Board of Governors of the Tufts Medical Center and the Board of Directors of the National Womens Law Center and the Boston Area Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

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We host many guests at our Agency as we sponsor our Speaker Series annually. Ms. Hill was so gracious to accept our invitation and deliver such an inspiring and thoughtful speech. [We would like to] thank her profusely for capping our Harassment Awareness Campaign with her story and her insights on what has changed over the last 20+ years. She shared that she customizes her speeches to her audience. That was so clear when she shared her experiences with the public misunderstanding and with heavy Congressional oversight, both key dimensions of our current situation.

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