Brooklyn Museum Sackler Center First Awards Honors Anita Hill

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2014 Sackler Center First Awards

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 6–9 p.m.

The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum presents the Sackler Center First Awards, honoring women who are first in their fields. One half of proceeds from the evening will go to Girls for Gender Equity.

The 2014 Sackler Center First Awards honors Anita F. Hill for Speaking Truth to Power.

Girls for Gender Equity’s work to combat sexual harassment is part of our larger mission to end gender-based violence and vision to live a world where gender equity is the norm. GGE leads three middle-school programs for boys and girls ages 11-14 years old. Facilitates programs that develop the advocacy skills of high school and college aged girls and partners with local organizations to make up the Coalition for Gender Equity in Schools. Using our curricula, documentary, and book Hey, Shorty! A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets published by the Feminist Press 2011, GGE train organizations, colleges, professionals, and schools nationally and internationally on strategies to end gender-based violence.

Girls for Gender Equity’s young people have a vibrant cameo in Anita: Speaking Truth to Power and brilliantly represent GGE’s strategies for combating sexual harassment in schools and creating the conditions for young people to lead, educate, and advocate together. On screen Sisters in Strength youth organizers lead workshops in schools for their peers and demonstrate how GGE values young people as experts of their experiences and the voice for millennials committed to creating a just and safer, thriving school environments and community.

The work they do provides the intergenerational hope that young people and youth of color are not complacent about rape culture and that their spark can ignite a firestorm of change as we do this together.

The evening will begin with a private cocktail reception at 6 p.m. The program starts at 7 p.m. with a screening of the Freida Lee Mock documentary ANITA (2013), followed by the award presentation, which will be made by Gloria Steinem and Elizabeth Sackler. Special remarks by New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, Honorary Event Chair.

Limited tickets are available at $200 and include an exclusive cocktail reception, the screening, and the award presentation. Tickets for the screening and award presentation only ($20) are currently sold out. Please email firstawards@brooklynmuseum.org or call (718) 501-6423 to add your name to the wait list.

Proceeds benefit the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art andGirls for Gender Equity.

About Anita F. Hill
Senior Adviser to the Provost, Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

Of Counsel at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll, Washington, D.C.

The youngest of thirteen children from a farm in Oklahoma, Hill received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980 and began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C., where she also worked at the U.S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. Currently, at Brandeis University, she teaches courses on gender, race, social policy, and legal history. Along with Provost Steve A. N. Goldstein, Hill is responsible for implementing Fulfilling the Promise: The Brandeis University Strategic Plan. As counsel to Cohen Milstein, she advises on class action workplace discrimination cases.

Hill’s latest book is Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home (Beacon Press, 2011). For City Arts & Lecture Series of San Francisco, she has interviewed author Anna Quindlen and filmmaker Spike Lee, among others. TimeInc.Newsweek, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Ms. magazine have published Hill’s commentary, and she has made numerous appearances on national television. She is the recipient of many awards, grants, and honorary degrees. Hill’s professional and civic contributions include chairing the Human Rights Law Committee of the International Bar Association and membership on the Board of Governors of the Tufts Medical Center and the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Law Center, and the Boston Area Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

Hill is the subject of Freida Lee Mock’s documentary ANITA, which premiered in January 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival and is set for theatrical release by Samuel Goldwyn Company in spring of 2014.

2014 FIRST AWARDS COMMITTEE
Dana Ben-Ari
Beverly Ehrlich
Jane Fonda
Marilyn Greenberg
Carol Jenkins
Helen Kornblum
Marjorie Miller-Engel
Robin Morgan
Jennifer Raab
Myrna Ruskin
Marianna Sackler
Lola C. West
Saundra Williams-Cornwell

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