Writing in the magazine In These Times, Susan J. Douglas takes us back to 1992, "The Year of the Woman." This is how things looked back then:

Spurred, in part, by their fury over how the all-male Senate Judiciary Committee treated Anita Hill during her testimony about Clarence Thomas being a crude sexual harasser, an unprecedented number of women ran for and won seats in Congress. Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, Carol Moseley Braun and Patty Murray all won Senate seats; a year later, President Clinton appointed a record number of women to government positions, including Janet Reno as the first female attorney general.

And this is what was also making news:

Such achievement rarely comes without a backlash, and 1992 was no exception. For this spring and summer is also the 15th anniversary of the Tailhook scandal. The actual event — the drunken Tailhook Association convention in Las Vegas, in which naval aviators formed a gauntlet on the third floor of the Hilton and trapped women in it, pawing and molesting them, stripping off their clothes — took place in September of 1991, but the scandal exploded the following spring as the press and the Navy itself revealed a massive cover-up.

Continue reading here about Tailhook and continuing sexual assault in the military.


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