Twenty years after her sexual harassment testimony against now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the law professor, 55, writes about what it takes to feel at home in America.
YOU WRITE THAT YOU DIDN’T FEEL AT HOME HERE AFTER THE ’91 HEARINGS …
I felt I was in a place that didn’t value who I was. It took years to understand that so many people do care about equality.
THOMAS’S WIFE, GINNY, CALLED YOU LAST YEAR TO DEMAND AN APOLOGY. WHAT DID YOU THINK?
It was clear this is an issue she’s still grappling with.
HAVE YOU MOVED ON?
On a personal level. But I’m not satisfied we’ve gone as far as we can [on issues of harassment and equality].
YOU STILL GET LETTERS FROM STRANGERS?
Yes. Some negative. But I don’t hide. I don’t want women to believe they will be destroyed for telling the truth about their experiences. I try to be an example of how you can go on and grow.
LIFE IS GOOD?
That was an event in my life, not who I am. I’m a friend, daughter, sister, teacher. I’m in a relationship (with a Waltham, Mass., businessman) that’s been wonderful for 10 years—longer … I’m happy, and I still have a voice.