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Anita Hill: Kavanaugh’s confirmation filled me with ‘profound sadness and disappointment’

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Anita Hill said Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation process last year elicited “profound sadness and disappointment” in her.

“The perception that so many had from that was that we hadn’t made any advances in 28 years. And I think that is not the case,” Hill said Tuesday when asked about Kavanaugh during a Q&A at Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women summit in Washington.

{mosads}”And I think we all know that, but then when we had the opportunity to display it, it didn’t happen,” Hill continued.

Hill, a Brandeis University professor, famously accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his 1991 confirmation process.

Kavanaugh was confirmed last year after a divisive confirmation process following sexual assault allegations against him from Christine Blasey Ford, a Stanford University psychology professor.

“It just means that we’ll have to work harder, that we have more work to do and that we have to use our voices and stand up,” Hill told the largely female crowd at the Fortune conference.

“There’s an incredible amount of power in using one’s voice, whatever your platform is,” she continued.

“The other thing we have to do is engage with each other because I honestly believe that women know how to talk to each other, and you hear this in Congress all the time, more so than men,” Hill, 63, said, adding that she wants people “to really come together around these issues and understand and see the humanity in all of us. So I’m hoping that’s what will happen from the Kavanaugh hearings.”

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