Anita Hill honored by Victim Rights Law Center

Stacy Malone, executive director of the Victim Rights Law Center, with Anita Hill, center, recipient of the Victim Rights Law  Center's Shining Star Leadership Award, and singer Naia Kete of “The Voice.” (Photo: Cheryl Richards)
Stacy Malone, executive director of the Victim Rights Law Center, with Anita Hill, center, recipient of the Victim Rights Law Center's Shining Star Leadership Award, and singer Naia Kete of “The Voice.” (Photo: Cheryl Richards)

Yes, 20 years later, Anita Hill would do it all again. Hill, who became a household name quite suddenly in 1991 when she testified that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when they worked together at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, says she has no regrets. “A lot of positive things have happened – in the workplace, in terms of people being empowered to pursue a claim, in court cases,” Hill told us. “Would they have happened without my testimony? I don’t know.” A professor at Brandeis since 1998, Hill was honored this week by the Victim Rights Law Center, receiving the group’s 2012 Shining Star Leadership Award. (Last year’s recipient Congresswoman Niki Tsongas made the presentation.) Hill said she was happy to speak at the event at the Park Plaza, but typically keeps a low profile. “I am what I am. I want to be able to use my voice in a way that’s authentic,” she said. “I’m not trying to be anyone else.”

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