COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Hundreds were out in Columbia Thursday evening to look back on a major step in the fight for women's rights.
Attorney Anita Hill was back in the Capital City to talk about the role she played in that struggle. It was the fall of 1991 when Hill went before lawmakers in the U.S. Senate. Hill testified that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was a nominee for the office at the time, sexually harassed her while she was working under him at the U.S. Department of Education.
The event put a new focus on sexual harassment in the workplace. Hill and her supporters say since that time, they believe progress has been made for women in the working world. They do, however, say more needs to be done, including narrowing the wage gap between genders.
"That women can achieve their goals and their dreams and this world is meant as well for them. So we have a lot of work to do and I know I can count on you to do it," Hill said to the crowd.
Organizers of the Anita Hill Party are currently working on a documentary to mark the 25-year milestone of her testimony on Capitol Hill. They say they are especially hopeful when it comes to women's issues over the years ahead especially with a woman being nominated to be the next president.