2022 / Anita Hill
University Professor of Law, Social Policy and Women’s Studies
Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University
Chair, Hollywood Commission
Anita Hill is the youngest of 13 children from a farm in Oklahoma. She received her B.S. from Oklahoma State University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C. There she also worked at the U. S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Anita Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law.
Hill’s latest book is Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to Ending Gender Violence (Viking Press, 2021), which was awarded the American Bar Associations Silver Gavel Award in 2022. In addition, she is the author of Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home (Beacon Press, 2011).
Time, Inc., Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Fortune and Ms. Magazine have published Professor Hill’s commentary and she has made numerous appearances on national television programs.
Hill is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and honorary degrees. Hill’s professional and civic contributions include chairing the Human Rights Law Committee of the International Bar Association, and membership on the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Law Center and the Boston Area Lawyers for Civil Rights.