Anita Hill: It's a 'difficult time' to be a woman in the US
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Anita Hill says it’s “a difficult time to be a woman in this country" under President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE, and pushes in a new op-ed for Hollywood to open its doors to more females.

“We just elected as president a man whose actions range from shocking disregard for women to brazen attacks on them. The number of women in Donald Trump’s cabinet is appallingly anemic,” Hill writes in Variety.

“The film industry, many of whose members have been outspoken critics of Trump and any assault on women’s rights, is uniquely positioned to counter these dark forces, particularly during Oscar season.”

Hill, an attorney and women’s rights advocate, in 1991 accused her then-boss, Clarence Thomas, of sexual harassment. The allegations threatened Thomas’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Actress Kerry Washington portrayed Hill in the HBO film, “Confirmation,” last year.


Saying there’s a “stunning lack of female representation in the most influential behind-the-scenes categories” at Sunday’s Academy Awards, Hill, 60, notes that, “None of this year’s nominees for best director are female, and of the 10 nominees for writing, nine are men.”

“Hollywood matters,” Hill writes. “Its monumental impact on shaping and reinforcing societal norms is unparalleled and certainly more appealing than Trump’s or Congress’, given their historically low approval ratings.”

“This moment in time calls for the motion picture industry to lead by example, to embrace and award diversity.”

Hill implores the “titans of Hollywood” to “demonstrate the values that some industry members have called on our political leaders to exhibit.”

"Concrete steps that open doors and create opportunities for women, minorities, and other struggling groups to play a more important and influential role in developing the stories we ultimately see on screen are imperative,” she writes.

“Stories that reflect the rich range of today’s cultural and social realities, and the challenges that marginalized groups face, benefit us all and might even help improve the policy decisions made in Washington.”