#Roommates, do any of you guys remember #AnitaHill? Back in 1991, she accused #ClarenceThomas of sexual harassment while he was running for U.S. Supreme Court Justice. (For our younger Roomies, #KerryWashington played her in the 2016 HBO film #Confirmation.) Well, Hill has since taught law and policy at #BrandeisUniversity and has even been involved with the advancement of other laws and policies to protect men and women in the workplace and promote gender equality.
Considering Hill’s potent background, she’s been appointed as the new chair for the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. The group was created in the wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal to help address the complex problems of sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
According to @TheGrio, “Hill accepted the post on Friday after a meeting with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Nike Foundation founder and co-chair Maria Eitel, Nina Shaw, and venture capitalist Freada Kapor Klein.”
“I’m proud to be leading this newly-formed Commission on a long overdue journey to adopt best practices and to create institutional change that fosters a culture of respect and human dignity throughout the industry,” Hill said. “We will be focusing on issues ranging from power disparity, equity and fairness, safety, sexual harassment guidelines, education and training, reporting and enforcement, ongoing research, and data collection.”
Hill added, “It is time to end the culture of silence. I’ve been at this work for 26 years. This moment presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to make real change.”
Given all of the recent allegations of sexual misconduct, Hill’s appointment could not have been more timely! She’s super qualified having also chaired the Human Rights Committee of the International Bar Association and being a current member of the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Law Center, as well as the Boston Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.
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