If you haven't seen the hashtag #YesAllWomen pop up in your newsfeed this week, you have the wrong friends. In the wake of the Elliot Rodger shootings, women across the globe began to stand together, sharing harassment and assault experiences, in order to draw attention to the continued reality of these issues.
While there is nothing uplifting to be said of this tragedy, this hashtag, and the stories it's encouraged people to share, provides a bright light in the face of monstrosity. And it's at a moment like this that it may be fitting to look back on the groundbreaking story of Anita Hill, the young, black woman who stood up for herself in 1991 when Clarence Thomas was vying for his Supreme Court nomination. She stood defiant in front of a white male-dominated Congress, a woman roaring, demanding that her sexual harassment case be taken seriously, and breaking ground in the fight for equality. If anyone's story deserves the #YesAllWomen hashtag, it's hers.
This Thursday, the Texas Theatre screens the 2013 documentary that interviews modern-day Hill about her reflections on her accusations then, giving new generations an important story of female empowerment. See Anita: Speaking Truth to Power at 7:30 p.m. for $11. Tickets available at thetexastheatre.com.
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