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Was being made visible and understood in my life the anita hill hearings was an absolute they were electrifying to me and i think to so many and i have been thinking about them so much recently over the past year even before we had this cycle of sexual harassment revelations because i saw them as a real um moment that this political moment was echoing anita hill made her allegations she lost she experienced a a sort of material loss clarence thomas was appointed to the supreme court but in the wake of her testimony and the conversation about sexual harassment that it provoked an in the visuals of this all male all white senate judiciary committee sitting in often very cruel judgment of her it provoked a lot of women to get into electoral politics and the very next year 1992 was the year of the woman that's what it was called at the time four women were elected to the senate including carol moseleybraun the first african american woman ever elected to the senate diane feinstein barbara boxer and patty murray and patty murray specifically spoke about how it was anger about anita hill's treatment that made her decide to run for the senate and what we've seen this year in the wake of something that has a lot of echos of that period hillary clinton's lost to donald trump it is a material loss with real longlasting consequence is the shaping of policy justice clarence thomas has helped to shape the law over the past twenty years and yet will one of the things we've seen is a reinvigoration of women's interest in getting into electoral politics emily's list has said that there are nineteen thousand women who have expressed interest in running for office that's totally unprecedented in the year since donald trump's victory over hillary clinton and i think that's another sort of way in which that anita hill moment was a touchstone in that's even before we get into their reenergised conversation around sexual harassment and how we should approach it and what the consequences should be so let's revisit what happened to anita hill what she alleged and what was said about her let's start by hearing an extra of that 1991 hearing and this is one senator joe biden who is the head of the judiciary committee was questioning anita hill asking her to lay out her allegations against clarence thomas what was that instantly begin the incident with.