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Anita Hill speaks at the DVF Awards in Brooklyn in 2019. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DVF Awards)

‘Deeply troubling’

Anita Hill fears that women presidential candidates ‘are not being taken seriously’

By WITW Staff on May 24, 2019

Anita Hill says she finds it “really, deeply troubling” that potential female presidents are being discussed as possible vice presidents for men.

In an interview with The New York Times, she said she is concerned that Democratic women “are not being taken seriously as presidential candidates.” She noted, “I think if we don’t take them seriously as presidential candidates, we are not going to hear those voices. And that would be a tragedy.”

Senator Kamala Harris of California, a presidential hopeful, and Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the Georgia governor race last year and has not ruled out running for president, have been mentioned as possible running mates for Joe Biden. The Biden campaign has said the speculation does not come from the campaign.

Harris has quipped, “I think that Joe Biden would be a great running mate.”

A former campaign manager for Abrams, meanwhile, has said that “there was no grand plan hatched” for her to run on a ticket with Biden, according to the Times.

When Hill testified before a white male Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 about sexual harassment from then Supreme Court candidate Clarence Thomas, she was dismissed and disrespected by the committee, which Biden then chaired.

Before Biden announced his presidential bid, he spoke with Hill by phone, expressing regret and describing his admiration for her, according to the Times. Hill told the Times last month that she was unsatisfied. “I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you,'” she said at the time. “I will be satisfied when I know that there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”

Biden has been deeply involved with a program to combat sexual assault on campus, and he took a lead role in shepherding the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. Hill, who called the Violence Against Women Act “wonderful” and “so important,” according to the Times, said there is more work to do.

In the coming months, she said, she hopes to see all of the presidential candidates support victims of sexual harassment and assault.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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