You may have seen the new HBO movie, Confirmation. It’s about the battle over the 1991 nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court and the courageous effort by Anita Hill to tell her painful story of sexual harassment and Thomas’ unbecoming behavior when they worked together at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
At the beginning of the movie, a scene takes place in the office of Sen. Ted Kennedy that propels the whole tale forward. A phone call comes in for his staffer, Ricki Seidman, and a voice on the other end of the line says, “Hey, Ricki, this is Nan at the Alliance for Justice. You know that thing we’ve been hearing all summer about how Thomas treated women who worked for him. I’ve finally found a name.”
Well, that “Nan at the Alliance for Justice” is me.