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I met Anita Hill when I was a professor at New College School of Law and we honored her. Since her initial reluctant testimony during the United States Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas, she has continued to be an advocate for eliminating sexual harassment in workplaces. On April 20, 2017 she continues her advocacy with A Historic Conversation with Anita Hill and Ellen Pao. Here are 10 things I learned about Anita Hill.

Born Anita Faye Hill on 7/30/56 in Lonetree, Oklahoma.

She was the youngest of 13 children.

She was the valedictorian of her high school class.

She attended Yale Law School.

She testified against Clarence Thomas and said he sexually harassed her.

She took a polygraph test which supported her testimony. Thomas refused a polygraph test.

She was the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma School of law.

She was a visiting scholar at University of California Berkeley and currently teaches at Brandeis.

In 1997, her autobiography, Speaking Truth to Power was published.

In 2011 Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home was published.