SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- In 1991 Anita Hill’s testimony during the Senate confirmation hearing for United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas rocked the nation.
It has been 27 years since she recounted her allegations of workplace harassment against Thomas. In the end, her allegations were dismissed.
Hill’s story has been revisited many times recently as similar accusations have come against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
He and his chief accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, are due to testify separately on Thursday.
On the eve of Kavanaugh’s hearing, Hill gave a lecture titled “From Social Movement to Social Impact: Ending Sexual Harassment” at the University of Utah Alumni House.
Demand was so high for the free event that hundreds of people were turned away at the door.
Hill said Thursday’s hearing can’t be fair because there isn’t a thorough investigation into claims by Ford. Hill said the country needs witness testimony and experts to weigh-in, not just senators who she says are motivated by politics.
As she left the event, which News4Utah was not allowed to record, Hill answered a question about her thoughts regarding Thursday’s hearing:
“I don’t know what to expect. I don’t even know if there’s going to be testimony tomorrow. But, I know that there’s going to be a lot of people interested and there will be a reaction, whatever happens,” said Hill.
Currently, Hill is Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. She also chairs the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.