I have no personal vendetta against Clarence Thomas. I seek only to provide the committee with information which it may regard as relevant.
If you think about the way the hearings were structured, the hearings were really about Thomas' race and my gender.
The FBI has had a history of sex discrimination complaints brought against it, as well as race discrimination.
Telling the world is the most difficult experience of my life, but it is very close to having to live through the experience that occasion this meeting.
What we really need to be understanding is that all of these things matter and they all stem from the fact that certain people live with power and authority and they want to maintain it.
In July of 1983, I left Washington, DC area and have had minimal contact with Judge Clarence Thomas since.
When I think of what has happened in a larger sense, beyond myself, then I would not change anything.
I thought that by saying no and explaining my reasons my employer would abandon his social suggestions. However, to my regret, in the following few weeks, he continued to ask me out on several occasions.
What I wanted was for everyone listening to understand that these things mattered - not necessarily for me, but in this particular forum they mattered in terms of whether of not we were getting a person who should sit on the Supreme Court.
The experience of testifying and the aftermath have changed my life.
For my undergraduate work, I went to Oklahoma State University and graduated from there in 1977.
I was aware, however, that telling at any point in my career could adversely affect my future career.
Because I was extremely uncomfortable talking about sex with him at all and particularly in such a graphic way, I told him that I did not want to talk about these subjects.
My parents are older, and they lead a somewhat sheltered life. It was difficult to talk with them about things that were embarrassing to me, and that I had never spoken to them about.
But I think it would be irresponsible for me not to say what I really believe in my heart to be true - that there are some serious inequities that we face as women and that we can work to address these inequities.
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