Anita Hill named to TIME's 100 Women of the Year

TIME's the 100 Women of the Year recognizes the most influential women from 1920-2019.

Anita Hill on the cover of TIMEPhoto/TIME

Anita Hill's portrait on the cover of TIME

TIME named Brandeis University Professor Anita Hill to its 100 Women of the Year, a list of leaders, innovators, activists, entertainers, athletes and artists who have defined the last century.

The list is inspired by TIME’s annual Person of the Year and is timed to International Women’s Day and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. As such, the 100 Women of the Year recognizes the most influential women of each year from 1920-2019.

Other Brandeis connections to make the list include activist Angela Davis '65, for 1971, and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt – a founding trustee of the university – for 1948.

Hill, a world renowned activist for equality and women’s rights, is listed under 1991, the year she testified before Congress and accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

Though Thomas was nonetheless confirmed to the Supreme Court, Hill’s impact has been profound and long-lasting. Following her testimony, Congress passed a law extending protections for people who have faced sexual harassment, and Hill has continued to advocate for sexual assault survivors and is an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo Movement.

Hill joined the Brandeis faculty in 1998 and has taught courses in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management centered on Women’s and Gender Studies, African and African American Studies, and Legal Studies.

In 2015, Brandeis appointed Hill as a University Professor, the institution’s most prestigious academic honor, which is awarded to faculty members of surpassing eminence whose work cuts across disciplinary boundaries, who have achieved exceptional scholarly or professional distinction within the academic community, and whose appointment enhances the reputation and prestige of the university.

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