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The I Believe Anita Hill Party was Sept. 15, and it has students thinking about the history of Anita Hill and what her story means for women everywhere.
In 1991, Anita Hill, a law professor at the University of Oklahoma at the time, came forward with allegations that Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court Justice nominee under President George H. W. Bush, had sexually harassed her during the time she worked for him at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“Anita Hill’s courage to speak out has been a catalyst for victims of sexual harassment to bring their stories to light and a remarkable leap forward for women,” Andy Herrington, junior computer and information science major, said.
While Hill’s case made it possible for women everywhere to bring forth cases of sexual harassment in the workplace, the overall Hill-Thomas dispute was considered a defeat by many. Thomas was still appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice with a 52 to 48 vote.
However, the I Believe Anita Hill Party in Columbia, South Carolina is the longest recurring celebration of Anita Hill and her triumph to national attention on sexual harassment. The I Believe Anita Hill Party hosts celebrated the 25th anniversary of the event this year with Hill’s attendance.
“I think this case is important, whether or not she got the justice she deserved. So many women can speak up about it now, workplace or not,” Mary-Grace Holt, junior studio art major, said. “Even though we still face hardships, we have been given a voice. You writing this article is proof.
Columbia College students acted as volunteers, interviewers and participants of the party.