This October marks the 30th anniversary of Professor Anita Hill’s landmark testimony in the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings. A seismic event in American culture, the 1991 hearings brought sexual harassment into the public conversation, and raised issues around race and gender that are as relevant today as 30 years ago.

Because of Anita reexamines this story to see how far we’ve come—and, in some cases, haven’t. Co-hosted by Dr. Salamishah Tillet, cultural critic at The New York Times, and Cindi Leive, journalist and co-founder of The Meteor, the four-part podcast series digs into the hearings’ lasting ripple effects…on people, on politics, and on our fundamental right to live in safety.

Produced by The Meteor and Pineapple Street Studios, Because of Anita features powerful conversations with guests including Professor Hill as well as women who played key roles at the time, like journalist Jane Mayer, lawyer and Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, and scholar Dr. Barbara Ransby; women who felt the ripple effect of Hill’s experience, including Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, producer Drew Dixon, and actor Kerry Washington; and leaders in the work on these issues today, like legal advocate Fatima Goss Graves, journalist Irin Carmon, and ‘me too.’ founder Tarana Burke.

Listen to Because of Anita now and subscribe to hear each episode when it drops—on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.


Professor Anita Hill

Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Gender Studies, Brandeis University; Author, Believing

Dr. Barbara Ransby

Scholar, Activist, Author

Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun

Former U.S. Ambassador and Senator

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Professor, Palo Alto University and Stanford University School of Medicine

Drew Dixon

Record Producer, Me Too Activist, Writer

Fatima Goss Graves

President and CEO, National Women's Law Center

Irin Carmon

Senior Correspondent,New York Magazine

Jane Mayer

Chief Washington Correspondent,The New Yorker

Kerry Washington

Award-winning Actor, Director, Producer, Activist

Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw

Lawyer, Scholar, Civil Rights Advocate, Philosopher

Tarana Burke

Founder of the'me too.' Movement


Dr. Salamishah Tillet

Scholar, activist, writer

Cindi Leive

Journalist and co-founder, The Meteor

Profile photo credits: Celeste Sloman (Professor Anita Hill); Courtesy of Dr. Barbara Ransby; Courtesy of Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun; Jim Gensheimer (Dr. Christine Blasey Ford); Phylicia J. L. Munn (Drew Dixon); Courtesy of Fatima Goss Graves; Malin Fezehai (Irin Carmon); Stephen Voss (Jane Mayer); Courtesy of Kerry Washington; Courtesy of Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw; Dougal MacArthur (Tarana Burke); Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University (Dr. Salamishah Tillet); and courtesy of Cindi Leive.