Anita Hill and Faye Wattleton to Share Their Truths During Campus Talks

Athor and reproductive rights activist Faye Wattleton

Lawyer, author, and crusader against sexual harassment Anita Hill

What a week for prominent speakers visiting Mount Holyoke! Women's rights leader Faye Wattleton is up first, speaking on September 30 on "Women and Leadership," followed on October 2 by lawyer Anita Hill, speaking out publicly for the first time since the 1991 congressional hearings on Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court nomination.

Wattleton, an author, former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and founder and president of the Center for Gender Equality, is the semester's first Mary Lyon Lecture Series speaker. She has had a thirty-year career as an educator, administrator, and leader in women's health and reproductive rights, management, and corporate governance. Wattleton is also the author of Life on the Line, a first-person account of her controversial journey from Harlem nurse-midwife to leader in the struggle for women's reproductive rights.

Wattleton will address "women and leadership," a topic of historic importance to Mount Holyoke, and an especially appropriate one as the College launches the new Center for Leadership and Public Advocacy.

Anita Hill needs no introduction to the millions who watched her congressional testimony about Clarence Thomas six years ago, but few have had a chance to hear from her since that media storm. Hill is in town to speak about and sign copies of her book, Speaking Truth to Power, as part of a very limited (just Boston, New York, and South Hadley!) publicity tour. Her visit was arranged, after shrewd lobbying, by the Odyssey Bookshop and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center.

This marks the first time Hill, whose testimony helped to change relations between men and women in the workplace, has told her story publicly since 1991. A graduate of Yale Law School, Hill served until this year on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She now lectures widely about civil rights and sexual harassment in the workplace, and is writing a book about sexual harassment.

The CSJ's calendar section has details on both talks.