Anita Hill Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Anita Hill Net Worth

Anita Hill has an estimated net worth of $2 million. Anita Hill is an American lawyer who graduated from Yale Law School in 1980. Soon after, she began working for Clarence Thomas at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and later at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She earns most of her income from her work as a professor, from appearances as a speaker, and from royalties for her books.

After Thomas was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991, Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had been sexually harassed by her former employer. Thomas was eventually appointed to the Supreme Court, but Hill’s testimony made her a national icon and brought new attention to issues of equality and discrimination in the workplace. She is currently a professor at Brandeis University.

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Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name:

Anita Hill

Net Worth: $2 Million
Monthly Salary: $20 Thousand
Annual Income: $300 Thousand
Source of Wealth: Lawyer, Professor

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Early Life and Education

Anita Faye Hill was born on July 30, 1956, in the rural town of Lone Tree, Oklahoma. She was raised on her parents’ farm as the youngest of 13 children in a strict religious environment. She was a standout student at Morris High School, earning straight As and graduating as valedictorian of her class. Hill continued her education at Oklahoma State University, where she earned a B.A. in psychology with honors in 1977.

Hill was accepted to the prestigious Yale Law School after a brief internship with a local judge redirected her interests to law. She was one of the few Black students in a class of 160. Hill earned her J.D. from the university in 1980.

Working for Clarence Thomas

Hill accepted a position as legal adviser to Clarence Thomas, then head of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, in 1981, after working for the private law firm Ward, Harkrader & Ross. According to Hill, Thomas began harassing her during this time, making frequent sexual advances and explicit remarks.

When his harassment stopped, Hill decided to follow Thomas to his next position as chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she worked as his assistant.

Hill would later claim that Thomas resumed his harassment at this point, prompting her to leave her job for a teaching position at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa after being hospitalized for stress-related issues.

Hill joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma’s College of Law three years later, where she taught contract and commercial law. She became the school’s first tenured Black professor in 1989, and she also held a key position in the provost’s office.

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Hearings and Senate Testimony

Hill was approached in September 1991 by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was holding hearings for Clarence Thomas, President George H. W. Bush’s nominee for a seat on the Supreme Court. Initially hesitant to bring up her unpleasant experiences with the Supreme Court nominee, Hill later claimed that she felt compelled to reveal Thomas’ harassment because of the powerful position he would be in.

When the subsequent statements she made to the FBI and the committee became public, it sparked a media firestorm, and the Senate decided that the matter needed to be looked into further.

Hill testified before the committee in televised hearings that were watched by millions on October 11, 1991. When pressed by Chairman Joe Biden, Hill publicly reiterated her allegations of sexual harassment by Thomas. Several senators, however, attempted to cast doubt on her testimony, claiming that she had made up, exaggerated, or imagined the events.

When it was Thomas’ turn to speak before the committee, he denied all of the accusations, painting a much more benign picture of events and claiming that the whole thing was a liberal plot to prevent his appointment to the Supreme Court.

Ultimately, the Senate chose to disregard Hill’s testimony. On October 16, 1991, Thomas’ nomination was confirmed by a vote of 52-48, the smallest margin for any judge on the current court.

After the Hearings

Following her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hill was bombarded with requests for interviews and offers to tell her story, the majority of which she declined.

Hill, for her part, returned to teaching and occasionally accepted speaking engagements, though these tended to focus on general issues of sexual harassment rather than personal details from her life.

Hill resigned her professorship in 1996 after years of pressure from conservative members of the University of Oklahoma faculty.

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Documentary and HBO Movie

Hill was portrayed in the film Anita, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Academy Award winner Freida Mock, the acclaimed documentary blended footage of the infamous hearings with interviews and offered a glimpse into the lawyer’s private life.

An HBO dramatization of the proceedings, Confirmation, was released in mid-April 2016, starring Kerry Washington as Hill and Wendell Pierce as Thomas.

Books

In 1997, Hill’s autobiography, Speaking Truth to Power, was published by Doubleday. She delivered a second book in 2011, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home.

Legacy 

By speaking out about her own experiences – and standing firm in the face of accusations from white male senators – Hill became a national symbol and created a new public awareness of issues of equality, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

The fruits of her courageous advocacy were evident years later, as countless women recounted their own experiences with sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo movement that took off in late 2017.

At a panel discussion organized by the National Women’s Law Center this year, Hill reflected on how things have changed in the quarter century since she testified. “In today’s atmosphere, there would be more people who would understand my story and believe me, and I think the number of people who believe me and support me has changed over the year,” she said. “We can not underestimate the impact of these hearings, even if the vote did not turn out the way most of us wanted it to.”

Today, Hill is a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis College in Waltham, Mass.

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