2014 Luncheon to Feature Anita Hill with a Focus on the Movement
In addition to commemorating forty years of empowering and supporting women and girls, Equal Rights Advocates will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a groundbreaking law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, including discrimination based on sex and race.
“Expanding economic and educational opportunities for women of all ages is central to the mission of Equal Rights Advocates,” said Executive Director Noreen Farrell. “We’re thrilled to be honoring the heroes and partners of this work, and sharing their stories with the 1,000 Bay Area community members who will be joining us. Together, we can stand strong and move women forward.”
Keynote speaker Professor Anita Hill is an icon in the women’s movement. In addition to her many professional achievements as a lawyer and professor, she is credited with helping to open up a dialogue about sexual harassment at work. Hill disclosed in 1991 before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee that she was sexually harassed by Clarence Thomas while working for him at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Men and women worldwide watched the televised proceedings, and the impact of Hills’s bravery was felt widely — more women started reporting workplace harassment than ever before.
“In the 50 years since the Civil Rights Act’s passage, we’ve come a long way toward the goal of equal justice under the law,” said Professor Hill. “Even in the nearly 23 years since the Thomas Hearing, we’ve made substantial gains. We will never be content to go back to the ways of the past. But we cannot rest entirely even today. Women’s rights organizations must continue to exist and to advocate for equality whether the issue is sexual harassment, pay equity, gender violence, reproductive freedom or the myriad of challenges to racial justice.”
For forty years, Equal Rights Advocates has been a leader fighting sex discrimination at school and work, including sexual harassment. For more information about our victories advocating for women seeking justice, visit our website.
“Our history makes it clear — without the support of our community, we can’t make real change for the women and girls that need it most. We look forward to gathering with both new and old supporters to embark on the next stage of the journey ahead,” said Farrell.