WELLESLEY COLLEGE HANDOUT - MUST CREDIT WELLESLEY COLLEGE
Wellesley, Massachusetts - 31 May 2019
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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Anita Hill, Brandeis University Professor:
"Despite the evidence, sexual misconduct deniers have friends in high places. But not just that place. One high profile pundant criticized campus assault policies as the invention of progressive feminists to promote victim hood as a coveted status. And deniers and enablers, we know from the news include boards, corporate leaders and attorneys who engage in symbolic compliance and refuse to reform the cultures and structures that support sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation in their own institutions when they know they exist."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Anita Hill, Brandeis University Professor: ++CAMERA CHANGES DURING SOUNDBITE++
"We cannot squander the powerful voices of the millions whose individual and collective voices have become known as the #metoo movement. We cannot squander this moment. We must use the energy and the awareness that they have raised by bravely sharing their stories and laying to rest the lie that sexual misconduct is sufficient."
Noted gender equality activist Anita Hill told Wellesley College graduates: "We cannot squander the powerful voices" of the #metoo movement during the commencement ceremony Friday.
The Brandeis University professor of social policy, law, and women's, gender and sexuality studies, became nationally known in 1991 when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, her supervisor at the United States Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of sexual harassment.
In her commencement remarks, Hill told the graduates, " We cannot squander this moment. We must use the energy and the awareness that they have raised by bravely sharing their stories and laying to rest the lie that sexual misconduct is sufficient."
Hill criticized "deniers and enablers" of sexual harassment and misconduct who believe the statistics are an "invention."
She hinted to President Donald Trump without naming him and said, "Despite the evidence, sexual misconduct deniers have friends in high places."
Interrupted by applause and laughter, she went on to say, "But not just that place."
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