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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