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Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives

Leigh Gilmore


In 1991, Anita Hill's testimony during Clarence Thomas's Senate confirmation hearing brought the problem of sexual harassment to a public audience. Although widely believed by women, Hill was defamed by conservatives and Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. The tainting of Hill and her testimony is part of a larger social history in which women find themselves caught up in a system that refuses to believe what they say. Hill's experience shows how a tainted witness is not who someone is, but what someone can become. Why are women so often considered unreliable witnesses to their own expe ... More

Keywords: Testimony, Life Writing, Memoir, Feminist Studies, Race, Legal Studies, Witness, Ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231177146
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231177146.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leigh Gilmore, author
Wellesley College