Aundra Willis Carrasco
2 min readMay 4, 2022


This is what fighting back looks like.

Women of the House storming the Senate building prior to the confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas.

Being a woman of a certain age, my emotions, in the aftermath of the SCOTUS leak of their intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, range somewhere between mind-numbing anger and sorrow for the new generation of women. But I’m also remembering and finding hope in this image of another time when a group of courageous women took matters into their own hands and got things done.

In 1991, during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, rumors were floating around that the Senate Judiciary Committee had agreed not to hear university professor Anita Hill’s testimony. A short time later, after NPR reporter, Nina Totenberg revealed the existence of a secret FBI report, the women of the House of Representatives, led by Barbara Boxer, huddled together and mobilized into a fierce and united front. Joined by Nita Lowey, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Pat Schroeder, Jolene Unsoeld, Louise Slaughter, and the late Patsy Mink, the women took off running, on-foot, many in high heels, from the floor of the House of Representatives over to the U.S. Senate to protest the unfair treatment of Professor Hill. Thanks to these women, a watershed moment in the history of the fight against sexual harassment was achieved.

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