Anita Hill Says the Hollywood Commission Intends ‘To Change the System’

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Emily Martin, from left, Anita Hill and Fatima Goss Graves speak at the Anita Hill and Fatima Goss Graves Discussion on Harassment at United Talent Agency on December 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on February 11, 2020.

Anita Hill says the Hollywood Commission she chairs is determined “to change the system” that has allowed sexual harassment and discrimination to coexist in the entertainment industry for decades. Speaking today at the 2020 Makers Conference, she said that the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality “is a manifestation of the collective action” that must be taken “if we are going to have solutions.”

Interviewed onstage by Willow Bay, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Hill urged everyone in the industry to take the commission’s survey, which seeks to gauge the extent of harassment, bias and abuse in the workplace. The survey is set to close on February 24. “That gives you plenty of time to participate, and I ask you to do so if you’re eligible to take it,” she said. “Take the survey and help us do our work.” The Commission was formed in 2017 in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

You can take the survey here.

Speaking to the audience, Hill said that “there are many of you who are leaders out there – take ownership of that leadership role; be clear about what you stand for in whatever space you can lead in, and imagine a world, and a system, that really takes seriously this problem and does everything possible to change it. But in particular, do it from the point of view of all those people who have been left out; all the talent that has been lost; all the people who have been marginalized; and all of those people who could be here in this room with us, but for some of the horrific behavior, and even the everyday behavior, that we’re experiencing in our workplaces.” …

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