Anita: Speaking Truth To Power

Starts Friday, May 9

Post-film discussion with Daisy M. Jenkins, executive vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer for Carondelet Health Network, and Barbara Atwood, Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law Emerita and Director of the Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
Full bios below the film description.


“One woman, stepping into a mess of political, racial and sexual power plays … makes for rapt viewing.”- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“A powerful time capsule. It’s a reminder of what we were and, thanks to Anita Hill, how far we’ve come.” – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

“This intelligent and comprehensive documentary not only conveys the genuine nature of Hill herself, but also recreates the national sensibility of the time.” - Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter


The country watched transfixed as a poised African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and in a clear, unwavering voice recounted the sexual harassment she had endured while working with US Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991, Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto a harrowing world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated and divisive public figure, her life forever changed. Her graphic testimony became a turning point for gender equality in the US, igniting a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that still resonates today. Set against a volatile backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita reveals the intimate story of one woman who became a symbol simply by telling the truth. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision), Anita deftly blends key archival footage with contemporary interviews with Anita Hill and her supporters to powerfully stirring effect. Thoughtful and comprehensive, it captures the personal story of a woman who found the courage to speak truth to power and celebrates her legacy, which continues to inspire those engaged in the fight for equality and social justice. (Dir. by Freida Lee Mock, 2013, USA, 95 mins., Not Rated, Samuel Goldwyn) Digital

About Barbara Atwood
Barbara Atwood is the Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law Emerita and Director of the Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Before attending law school at the University of Arizona, Barbara helped establish Tucson’s first rape crisis center and was a co-founder of Antigone Books. She earned her JD in 1976 and then clerked for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. She later worked as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, specializing in voting rights. Barbara taught at the University of Houston Law Center for five years before returning to Arizona to become a member of the University of Arizona law faculty in 1986. She has spoken at national and international conferences on child representation, the child’s voice, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and private ordering in family law. Her books include Children, Tribes, and States: Adoption and Custody Conflicts over American Indian Children (2010) and A Courtroom of Her Own—The Life and Work of Judge Mary Anne Richey (1998). In 2013 Barbara was appointed Judge Pro-Tem for the Tohono O’odham Nation Judicial System. She is married to Peter Eisner and has two adult sons (and a dog.)

About Daisy M. Jenkins
Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq., is the President of Daisy Jenkins & Associates, LLC, specializing in Human Resources consulting, and executive and developmental coaching. Jenkins previously served as executive vice president and Chief Administrative & Human Resources Officer for Carondelet Health Network. She was responsible for developing and executing HR, Marketing and communication strategies and initiatives that aligned with the mission and values of the Health Ministry and contributed to achieving business goals. She was also responsible for Government Advocacy and Community Relations, serving as Carondelet’s Lobbyist.
Jenkins was with Raytheon Company and Hughes Aircraft Company for 28 years, and held positions of vice president of Human Resources at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona, Raytheon Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, and Raytheon Commercial Electronics, with businesses in the US, Europe and Canada. She was Raytheon Company’s first director of Global Diversity at Global Headquarters in Massachusetts.
Jenkins served in numerous human resources leadership positions within Hughes Aircraft Company before joining Raytheon Company. She has significant experience in developing and leading high performing, multifunctional human resources organizations, with broad organization development expertise.
Jenkins is a Public Voices Fellow. She was honored as one of the “25 Most Influential Tucson African Americans Leaders” in 2011 and 2012. She received the “Women Who Lead” award from the University of Arizona Women’s Studies Department In 2009. She was honored in 2008 with the “Black Engineer of the Year Award” for Excellence in Diversity and Human Resources; the “Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award” from the University of Arizona Black Alumni Association; and the NAACP “Community Service Award.” She was named ‘Tucson Woman of the Year” in 2007 for "living in a manner which inspires affection, respect and admiration." She was recognized in 2004 as one of the “Women Who Mean Business” in Wichita, Kansas. In 2002, she received the “Eagle Award” from the National Eagle Leadership Institute (NELI) for her consistent commitment to corporate diversity and citizenship. In 2001, Jenkins was awarded the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, “Distinguished Alumnus Award” and recognized in Ebony Magazine as one of the “African American Women at the Top in Corporate America.”
She currently serves on the board of directors for Tucson Regional Economics Opportunity, Inc. (TREO), the Tucson Airport Authority, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law Board of Visitors, and Chairs the University of Arizona President’s African American Advisory Council. She is a member of the University of Arizona African American Athletics Advisory Council and serves on the United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona, President’s Advisory Board.
Jenkins holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communications from the University of Hawaii and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona.
Jenkins has been married to Fred C. Jenkins, Jr. for 47 years and has two sons, Kevin and Fred, III and six handsome grandsons. She is a member of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church.



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