In 1991 national attention focused on the two different stories told by Clarence Thomas, then a nominee for the Supreme Court, and Anita Hill, a lawyer who had worked for him ten years earlier.
Hill claimed Thomas had sexually harassed her, making her uncomfortable with his remarks and behavior.
Many women were angered when members of the all-male Senate Judiciary Committee attacked Hill’s character, putting her on trial, so to speak.
Thomas, who denied Hill’s charges, was appointed to the Supreme Court, but many people believed that Hill had spoken the truth.
Women began to speak out more forcefully about the problem of sexual harassment.
They also worked to elect more women to political office and to get at least one woman on the Senate judiciary Committee.