“Women have had to put up with this bullshit for way too long,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told New York magazine’s blog The Cut as part of the publication’s new Women and Power series.
Hirono, along with Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) ― the only women among the committee’s 21 members ― reflected on the controversial confirmation of Kavanaugh after Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford accused the judge of attempting to rape her in when the two were in high school. Despite emotional testimony from Ford ― and an angry denial from Kavanaugh ― the Republican-led committee and the full Senate voted to install him for life on the Supreme Court.
“I hope there will come a time when people like Dr. Ford can come forward, tell us their stories, and not be called a liar. Not be mocked by the president, no less,” Hirono told The Cut. “But that requires a culture change. Notice that there’s all this pushback now of men being so afraid, as though we women just sit around thinking up ways to accuse them of things.”
Harris added that conversations about sexual violence and rape culture need to be public, especially in the wake of the Me Too movement.
“We should be having this conversation out in the open, in a way that gives dignity and safety to survivors. And frankly, I don’t think this process gave Dr. Ford the respect she deserves,” Harris said.