Anita Hill brought sexual harassment front and center in 1991 when she testified that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had used explicit language when they worked together. Twenty years later, Hill is a professor at Brandeis University and has written an autobiography, Speaking Truth to Power. On Oct. 15, she will speak at “Sex, Power and Speaking Truth,” a Hunter College conference commemorating her contribution to women’s rights and sexual harassment.
Although Hill has often been credited as raising national awareness on sexual harassment, there have been sexual harassment scandals since the beginning of time. From Martha Griffiths’s ERA campaigning to Paula Jones’s lawsuit against Bill Clinton, see photos of other major sexual discrimination cases.