Protesters are removed during the fourth day of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S.Chris Wattie / Reuters

Today’s Issue:

  • On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford could testify in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee strikingly similar to the one that questioned Anita Hill in 1991 about her allegations against the then–Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

  • In July of 1992, one year after the Thomas-Hill hearings, the Atlantic contributor Wendy Kaminer asked how the the hearings might change U.S. politics: Would more women run for office? Would issues related to women and gender be handled differently in the future?

  • We asked two experts on women in contemporary U.S. politics to read Kaminer’s piece and weigh in on what’s changed since 1992—and what hasn’t.


The Problem With the Thomas-Hill Hearings

In her 1992 piece, “Crashing the Locker Room,” Wendy Kaminer discussed how the Thomas-Hill hearings were seen, and understood, that year. Here’s Kaminer:

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