Women’s History Month 2014: Anita Hill

28 Mar

Anita HillToday it is an honor to have the opportunity to celebrate a woman I treasure, someone who is an amazing role model for women in the United States. Today SJFA celebrates Anita Hill. I also need to thank my dear friend Jennifer Carey for inspiring me to write about  Ms. Hill.

I actually had the great pleasure of meeting Ms. Hill several years ago. No surprise, she was absolutely brilliant, gracious, and far more compassionate than I would have been. I was able to have breakfast with Anita Hill shortly after the bizarre phone message left on Ms. Hill’s answering machine demanding an apology.  I have no clue as to what kind of “Tea” our Ginni was drinking during that Tea Party.  I can hardly believe it has been nearly 23 years since they put Anita Hill on trial for being sexually harassed by the now Justice Clarence Thomas.  I suspect many of us share Ms. Hill’s feelings regarding his appointment:

“I believe in my heart that he shouldn’t have been confirmed,” she said in a recent interview, acknowledging that it irritates her to see Justice Thomas on the court. “I believe that the information I provided was clear, it was verifiable, it was confirmed by contemporaneous witnesses that I had talked with. And I think what people don’t understand is that it does go to his ability to be a fair and impartial judge.”

Although she is a very private woman whose life was practically destroyed after the hearings in 1991, we can finally learn more about this amazing woman in the documentary of her life that was released on March 21, “Anita.”  While the documentary does not reveal her current impressions of Justice Thomas’ history sitting on the High Court, it does show how far we have yet to come regarding how we treat women and how sexual harassment is still a very real issue. How terribly sad that we still blame women and worse yet, we have devolved into a culture where we try to justify rape.

I hope people get to see the documentary and I hope we can stand in solidarity with women who experience the horrific violation of sexual harassment.  Thank you, Ms. Hill for being a hero to so many.

21 Responses to “Women’s History Month 2014: Anita Hill”

  1. Dr. Rex March 28, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Very well done!! Reblog!!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 28, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      Thank you, Dr. Rex. 🙂

      • Dr. Rex March 28, 2014 at 8:59 am #

        Always Michael … 😎

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 28, 2014 at 9:00 am #

        Dr. Rex, you are always so lovely and you make me feel so fortunate to be in such good company!

      • Dr. Rex March 28, 2014 at 9:02 am #

        Thank you Michael, the feeling is mutual!! Hugs …..

  2. Dr. Rex March 28, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Remember Anita Hill?? Honoring her during Women’s Month!!

    • mixedupmeme March 28, 2014 at 9:07 am #

      Remember the incident like it was yesterday. Still boiling and sometimes wonder if things are any better.

  3. Jueseppi B. March 28, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 28, 2014 at 10:40 am #

      Juesseppi, thank you for reblogging this! Thank you also for your fantastic blog! I need to update my links page and add you!

      • Jueseppi B. March 28, 2014 at 11:17 am #

        I love & respect the human being Prof. Hill is and has become. She is a warrioress…and one of my heroines. Thank you for those kind words of support Mr. Michael.

        Don’t worry about updating, it’s the thought that counts the most. Have a wonderful weekend.


      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

        Jueseppi, your description of Hill is quite eloquent and accurate. Thank you for your voice for social justice! Peace, Michael.

      • Jueseppi B. March 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm #


  4. Central Oregon Coast NOW March 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  5. Dr. Rex April 2, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    On another note … “It Is What It Is” has been nominated for an award!! Paying it forward!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

      Dr. Rex, thank you for the honor. I am humbled by you and grateful that we get to celebrate each other’s voices. Peace, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex April 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

        Dear Michael …. The honor is mine! Hugs!!

  6. Steve April 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    Horrifying to know all that Ms. Hill had to endure. Such needless sneering, rudeness, prurience, venom, disgust she had to face! While the perpetrator was/is lauded and lifted up. What a world of injustice…still so far to go. I’m so sorry for her pain; I’m ashamed that stories continue to be written of other/more victims…

    Thank you for raising the volume on vital issues of all kinds, Michael!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

      Steve, thank you for chiming in here! I suspected you would treasure our Anita. Yes, it is extraordinarily sad that Thomas holds such a position of power, which he abuses.

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