(Columbia, S.C.) – We Believe Women: The Anita Hill Party will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, 6 – 8 p.m. at 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, S.C. The free event will include light bites, drinks and community connection. For more information, or to RSVP, visit https://anitahillparty.com.
Celebrating 32 years, the Anita Hill Party seeks to create a community of feminists and womanists supporting each other through conversation, connection and celebration. This year’s program features remarks by Dr. Stephanie Y. Mitchem, interim director of the department of women’s and gender studies at the University of South Carolina.
“We gather to acknowledge the need to get involved, stay involved and stay in contact with other strong women of all ages and backgrounds,” says Sherri Garrett, event host and head organizer. “We continue to inspire and encourage people to stand up and speak out for justice and equality.”
During the event, organizers will unveil a new vision for the future of the Anita Hill Party. Additionally, partner organizations will be on site to share the latest developments and ways to become involved in the ongoing quest for gender equality and justice.
Known as South Carolina’s largest networking opportunity for women, it is also the longest-running event in the nation honoring Anita Hill for her courageous testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 about alleged sexual harassment by now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, her former supervisor.
The first event was held in Columbia in 1992 as a way to channel the outrage many women felt at the disrespectful way that Hill, who is Black, was treated during her testimony before the all-white, all-male Congressional committee. Hundreds of women of all ages and races have attended the past events, including Hill, now a professor at Brandeis University. She attended the Columbia celebrations in 1997, 2011, and 2016. To RSVP for the Oct. 17 celebration, visit https://bit.ly/anitahillparty.