Whistleblower named to chair Hollywood anti-sexual harassment commission

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In their efforts to battle gender inequality and sexual harassment in the film industry, two dozen top entertainment executives have come together to form and fund the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Washington whistleblower Anita Hill has been named to chair the commission, which was initially proposed by Kathleen Kennedy in the wake of news that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been harassing and abusing women as long as he’s been in the business.

Hill, an attorney and Brandeis law professor, was one of the first to call attention to the sexual harassment going on in government when she testified against Clarence Thomas during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court. She currently sits on the boards of directors for the National Women’s Law Center and the Boston Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and has also chaired the Human Rights Committee of the International Bar Association.

“I’m proud to be leading this newly-formed Commission on a long overdue journey to adopt best practices and to create institutional change that fosters a culture of respect and human dignity throughout the industry,” Hill said Friday in a statement. “We will be focusing on issues ranging from power disparity, equity and fairness, safety, sexual harassment guidelines, education and training, reporting and enforcement, ongoing research and data collection. It is time to end the culture of silence. I’ve been at this work for 26 years. This moment presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to make real change.”

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