First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Kaylee HaleFollow


Dr. Isil Akbulut-Gok

Participation Type

Paper Talk

College and Major available

Government and Politics


Panel K: Academic Building HC 223

Start Day/Time

4-24-2019 12:30 PM

End Day/Time

4-24-2019 1:45 PM


Apr 24th, 12:30 PM Apr 24th, 1:45 PM

The Impacts of the Hearings of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, and Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford on Female Voting Behavior

Panel K: Academic Building HC 223

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill occurred in 1991, following Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment against Thomas. Similar hearings were conducted for Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford in 2018, after Ford brought forward accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. This study details the impacts these two cases had on female voting behavior in their subsequent elections.

Using an analysis of voting percentages and the statements of American female voters, it was found that, in both the elections of 1992 and 2018, women voted in higher percentages for Democratic candidates. Additionally, as a result of these hearings, women ran for seats in Congress in record-breaking numbers in both years. A sizable majority of these women ran under the Democratic ticket. This data is relevant in predicting the success of each major party in elections if a case similar to the two addressed arises in the future.


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