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ruthless compassion
20 October 2010 @ 11:55 am
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