Feminists seek women on Senate panel

October 11, 1991|By Newsday

NEW YORK -- More than 100 prominent New York women called on the Senate yesterday to appoint its only two female members to the committee that will hear Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

And when the 125 women, who were meeting at New York University, were asked to stand and be counted if they had ever been the victim of sexual harassment on the job, nearly all did.

Led by Marie Wilson, executive director of the Ms. Foundation for Women, leaders of organizations signed a telegram urging the Senate to appoint Sens. Nancy Kassebaum, R-Kan., and Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., to the Judiciary Committee "to ensure a fair and full hearing" of Ms. Hill's allegations.

"The gender chasm has reared its ugly head in one of our most important institutions, and we are wondering, 'How could they be this obtuse?' " Secretary of State Gail S. Shaffer said at a news conference announcing the demand yesterday.

"Every woman can relate to what Anita Hill is dealing with," said Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. "We all face a daily grind in coping with inappropriate words, jokes, leers, whistles, touches, and you name it."

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