Anita Hill to receive honorary degree from Rutgers–Camden

Eric Walter
May 14, 2018 - 11:38 am
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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) —  Anita Hill, whose 1991 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during Clarence Thomas’ U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings ignited the national conversation about sexual harassment, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Rutgers University–Camden on Thursday.

The conferrment will occur during the Rutgers Law School commencement ceremony at the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden Waterfront, where she will deliver the address.

Hill has been a leading figure in the #TimesUp movement. During the '91 Senate hearings, Hill made allegations of sexual harassment against Thomas stemming from the time she worked for him at the U.S. Department of Education and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her testimony started the national debate that has carried forward and made her a symbol in the fight against workplace misconduct, inequality, and discrimination. 

Rutgers–Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon called Hill "one of our nation’s most powerful voices" on those issues. 

In 2017, when sexual harassment was exposed throughout the media and entertainment industries, she led a campaign against abuse with the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

A graduate of Yale Law School, she is now a professor of social policy, law, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.