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15 PERCENT OF LETTERS ANITA HILL RECEIVED AFTER CLARENCE THOMAS HEARINGS RECOUNTED WRITERS' SEXUAL HARASSMENT EXPERIENCES

15 PERCENT OF LETTERS ANITA HILL RECEIVED AFTER CLARENCE THOMAS HEARINGS
 RECOUNTED WRITERS' SEXUAL HARASSMENT EXPERIENCES
 /ADVANCE/ NEW YORK, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Some 15 percent of the correspondence law professor Anita Hill received after her testimony at the Clarence Thomas Senate hearings were from women recounting their own sexual harassment experiences.
 Hill told of the thousands of letters she received in conversations at the awards ceremony in which she was named one of Glamour's 1991 Women of the Year in November. Glamour Reader Services Editor Susan Sedman volunteered to go to Norman, Okla., to help Hill sort the mail.
 By the time Sedman returned to New York on Dec. 9, she had tabulated 24,377 letters, cards and packages. Of the total, 4,449 had been opened and sorted. Ninety-eight percent were positive, reports Sedman.
 Of those who wrote their personal stories, many were older women "who had experienced harassment during the Depression or when their husbands were serving in World War II," Sedman states in the current (March) issue of Glamour. "They wrote of feeling they had to put up with almost anything from their bosses to keep their family going -- they felt trapped. Younger women told of similar circumstances when they found themselves newly divorced and desperate to support themselves. Men wrote in as well, some to tell of a daughter's experience, others as witnesses to sexual harassment at their jobs.
 "Most writers said they were now more conscious of the issue of sexual harassment and felt the workplace would be forever changed for the better by her having come forward," reports Sedman. "The next largest group said they were now politicized. They sent copies of stinging letters to senators, pledging to dump them next year, to Bush saying they would work against his reelection. They wrote of having been 'a silent majority' until now; they pledged to get more women into government...."
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