Home Fires

Women and the housing crisis

In Reimagining Equality, Brandeis University law professor Anita Hill examines the historical role that race and gender have played in finding a secure home--an issue that's more timely than ever in the wake of the subprime-mortgage crisis. Twenty years after her testimony against Clarence Thomas in his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Hill finds that women are still on unequal footing.

What inspired Reimagining Equality?

When I bought my first home, in the 1980s, I was not the norm, because I didn't wait until I got married. I knew how important [owning a home] was to me in establishing my independence, providing...

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