I Still Believe Anita Hill
In the fall of 1991, Anita Hill captured the country's attention when she testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee describing sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, who had been her boss and was about to ascend to the Supreme Court. We know what happened: she was challenged, disbelieved, and humiliated; he was given a life-long appointment to decide America's judicial fate.
What is lesser known is how many women and men were inspired by Anita Hill's bravery, how her testimony changed the feminist movement, and how she singlehandedly brought public awareness to the issue of sexual harassment. Twenty years later, this collection brings together three generations to witness, respond to, and analyze Hill's impact, and to present insights in law, politics, and the confluence of race, class, and gender.
With original contributions from:
Devon W. Carbado, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Edwidge Danticat, Maureen Dowd, Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Eve Ensler, Rha Goddess, Cynthia Greenberg, Lani Guinier,Melissa V. Harris-Perry, Anita F. Hill, Deborah Copaken Kogan, Lisa Kron, Catherine A. MacKinnon, Emily May, Lynn Nottage, Charles Ogletree, Mary Oliver, Kathleen Peratis, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Ai-jen Poo, Kevin Powell, Judith Resnik, Amy Richards, Dorothy Samuels, Patricia Schroeder, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter, Joanne M. Smith, Gloria Steinem, Hope Anita Smith, Patricia J. Williams, Jamia Wilson, Virginia Valian, and Julie Zeilinger
Amy Richards is the author of Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself, and co-author (with Jennifer Baumgardner) of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, and co-founder of Soapbox, Inc, the feminist lecture agency.
Cynthia Greenberg , a former community organizer, works as a consultant to social justice, human rights, and arts organizations. She organized the Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later conference which inspired this volume.
"To a world that either obsesses over children or excludes them, Amy Richards brings the revolutionary possibilities of shared intergenerational lives—not easy, mind you, but possible. If her example and writing had been around earlier, even I might have had children."
"Amy Richards is always showing a new way forward for her generation of feminist and has done so once again with Opting In—a smart, savvy exploration of real-life, real-time motherhood that is sure to resonate."
"Amy Richards is one of the few women in the country who can talk about the politics of mothering a way that doesn't make me bored or irate. Opting In is intellectually rigorous, personally authentic, insightful, and brave—and frankly, how often can you say that about books on this subject? Richards is remarkably honest and thought-provoking, and her ideas stay with you long after you've put the book down. Read Opting In and challenge yourself about what you think and the decisions you're making, then talk about it only with other women but the men in your life as well."