The Sackler Center First Awards is an annual event honoring extraordinary women who are first in their fields. Presented by Elizabeth Sackler and Gloria Steinem, the award is designed by Judy Chicago. The 2014 Sackler Center First Awards honored Anita F. Hill for Speaking Truth To Power. Special remarks by NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray.
Anita F. Hill is Senior Advisor to the Provost, Professor of Law, Public Policy, and Women’s Studies, Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. Of Counsel at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll, Washington, D.C. The youngest of thirteen children of an Oklahoma farm family, Anita Hill received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980 and began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C., where she also worked at the U.S. Education Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Currently, at Brandeis University, she teaches courses on gender, race, social policy, and legal history. As counsel to Cohen Milstein, she advises on class action workplace discrimination cases. Hill’s latest book is Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home (Beacon Press, 2011). Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Ms. magazine have all published Hill’s commentary, and she has made numerous appearances on national television. She is the recipient of many awards, grants, and honorary degrees. Hill’s professional and civic contributions include chairing the Human Rights Law Committee of the International Bar Association and membership on the Board of Governors of the Tufts Medical Center, the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Law Center, and the Boston Area Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.