Powerful PAC: EMILY's List Turns 25
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NPR's Andrea Seabrook reports on EMILY's influence.
ANDREA SEABROOK: Walsh remembers vividly.
DEBBIE WALSH: We were all spending our weekend watching the Senate Judiciary Committee and seeing very clearly and starkly that there were no women on the committee, but a lot of white men judging this young woman and the situation that a lot of women could connect to and understand: sexual harassment in the workplace.
SEABROOK: Hill testified that when Clarence Thomas was her boss, he continually spoke to her about pornography, sex acts and his own sexual prowess. In this tape, then-Republican Senator Arlen Specter questioned Hill.
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ARLEN SPECTER: Professor Hill, you took it to mean that Judge Thomas wanted to have sex with you. But, in fact, he never did ask you to have sex, correct?
ANITA HILL: No, he did not ask me to have sex. He did continually pressure me to go out with him. Continually.
WALSH: That moment when Anita Hill was sitting there testifying, there was this kind of collective click, sort of like these guys don't get it.
SEABROOK: At its 25th anniversary celebration yesterday, founder Ellen Malcolm looked back.
ELLEN MALCOLM: In only 12 elections, you and I through EMILY's List have literally changed the face of power in America.
SEABROOK: Andrea Seabrook, NPR News, the Capitol.
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