Few young women today have heard of the person who transformed their professional world; that includes Hill’s own students at Brandeis University, where she currently teaches. Academy Award-winning director Freida Mock’s new documentary,Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, aims to change that. The film, which opens to the general public on April 4, revisits that transformative moment in American social history. And it reveals that, since her moment of public courage, Ms. Hill has become a hero and model for those who do know her as a trailblazer, while thriving in her personal life.
My support of Anita Hill never wavered, and I defended her against those who thought she must have had some ulterior motive for waiting for so long to speak her truth. Though I didn’t have a verbal reference point for sexual harassment before the hearings, I knew that it existed because I had both experienced it and witnessed it at the hospital where I worked. Harassment and abuse of Black women occurred with such regularity that it almost seemed normal.