At the 141st commencement exercises of the Wellesley College, the Brandeis University professor and an inspirational activist, Anita Hill will be addressing the members of the class of 2019 along with their friends & families on 31st May, Friday.
President of Wellesley College, Paula A. Johnson stated: “Anita Hill exemplifies moral courage. Throughout her career, she has spoken truth to power, reminding us of the impact that a single voice can have. As our graduates prepare to make their difference in the world, I have no doubt they will find both strength and inspiration in her words as in her life.”
Hill is well known for her work with the civil and women rights and her courage has made an impact on inspiring generations. She raised voice on politics, academia, and media regarding equality of gender & race. She was called by the Washington Post as the ‘leading face’ of the trendy #metoo movement.
Hill stated: “We are experiencing a watershed moment in which women are making their voices heard throughout society–in business, politics, higher education, and social movements. Wellesley women are known for standing up for justice, and the class of 2019 is graduating into a climate that is challenging but offers so many possibilities for leadership. I am honored to mark this momentous occasion with the graduating seniors.”
She further wrote in her biography: “Women who accuse men, particularly powerful men, of harassment, are often confronted with the reality of the men’s sense that they are more important than women, as a group.”
It is a tradition at the Wellesley to select a commencement speaker who is an inspiration. Co-president of class counsel, Dominique Huang stated: “Given the events of this year regarding the Kavanaugh trial and the rise of the #MeToo movement, we wanted to choose a speaker who not only continues to advocate for racial and gender rights, but was also an integral part of the very start of this fight. As we transition to the next phases of our lives, this is the message we wanted to leave with our class of 2019: to transcend expectations, carve out our own paths, and speak our truths even in the face of adversity, just like Anita Hill.”