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20 October 2010 @ 11:55 am
A long overdue thank-you  
Dear Professor Hill,

Reading the NYT piece about Virginia Thomas's recent phone call
reminded me of something I wish I'd done sooner, which is to deeply
thank you for your testimony during Clarence Thomas's confirmation
hearings.

At the time, I was a sophomore in high school, and the notion of
sexual harassment was largely theoretical to me, but soon after, I
experienced it first-hand, and your courage and conviction gave me the
validation that I needed to know that my experience was not only one
that was shared by many women, but was worth objecting to and working
to stop. I wished then that I could thank you for taking that
difficult path and thereby making mine easier, and I'm sorry I've
waited so long to finally do so.

Your efforts changed my life for the better, and I thank you for it.

Best,
aroraborealis
 
 
 
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Sandrosandhawke on October 20th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Did you e-mail this to her?
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on October 20th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I did!
Lizrazil on October 20th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
That is awesome! Thank you.
Trying to do one true beautiful thing: clap clapgeekchick on October 20th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thumbs up geekchick likes this.
kinesthetic chutzpahdilletante on October 20th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
... and is a pirate, apparently!
vito_excalibur on October 21st, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
That's awesome.
unintentionally intimidatingcoraline on October 20th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
anita hill continues to be classy. and the thomases continue to be... not.

(seriously, wtf? also, good letter.)
lazyzlazyz on October 20th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Me, too.
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on October 20th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Bravo! She can probably use it, today; there are TV crews on campus.
Medyanimedyani on October 20th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
UGH. What a bleeping xxx, that Mrs. Hill is. I think C. did something bad (again), and she's looking for reassurence from a very inappropriate place.

Good for you. You did send it, yes?
Medyanimedyani on October 20th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, I see you did send it.
teapot of wrath: feminismd3l1r1um on October 27th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Um... you mean Mrs. Thomas, don't you? Or am I completely misreading here?
Medyanimedyani on October 27th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right! I meant that Mrs. Thomas is a, ah, "piece of work," and Clarence musta screwed her over again, so she's taking it out on Ms. Anita, the awesome.
drwexdrwex on October 20th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful
Both that her experience helped you and that you sent her the letter saying so. Bravo!
Beowabbitbeowabbit on October 20th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
kinesthetic chutzpahdilletante on October 20th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
this is an awesome letter.
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