Round 2 of our Women’s History Month March Madness competition features Anita Hill and Barbara Jordan. Which woman inspires you the most? You can vote by participating in our daily Twitter or Facebook poll, or by casting a vote at the Circulation Desk. Happy voting!
Anita Hill-“My belief is that in the past 16 years we have come closer to making the resolution of these issues an honest search for the truth, which, after all, is at the core of all legal inquiry.”
Anita Hill is an American attorney and educator who has inspired women to publicly speak out regarding their experiences with sexual harassment in the workplace. Before her outcry many women had experienced what many would now recognize as sexual harassment, but at the time did not know how to handle it. Anita Hill is a highly sought after lecturer, and travels the work speaking on racial and gender issues in the work place. Anita Hill was a professor in civil rights that the Oral Roberts University School of Law, University of Oklahoma School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, and is currently a professor of social policy law and women’s studies at Brandeis University.
Barbara Jordan-“More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.”
Born into a very religious family, Barbara Jordan was inspired in high school by Edith Sampson to become a lawyer. After attending university and law school, Barbara started practicing in Texas. She spent the majority of her career advocating for civil rights and campaigning to enter one public office or another. Barbara’s third attempt to gain a seat in the Texas Senate was successful and she was the first African-American woman to be elected into that position. She was the president pro tem of the Senate for a period and also served a single day as acting state governor. In 1972, she was elected the first female to be a representative for Texas in the House of Representatives. She remained a well-known member of politics until 1979 (prior to which she was mentioned as being a possible running mate with President Carter) when she retired to become an adjunct professor at UT Austin. Barbara might have been elected to the Supreme Court, if her declining health had not been a factor.
Disclaimer: This is a friendly competition that is meant to increase awareness about some amazing women. The match ups were determined by a random outcome generator, and the winner will be determined based solely on the votes submitted by the participants. We are in no way seeking to pit one woman against each other in any inappropriate way, because each woman is inspiring in her own right.