Supreme Court: Woman Power

Outraged over the Thomas confirmation, women vow political revenge. But like civil rights leaders, they face rank-and-file divisions.

A few Americans have picked over the detritus of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill bonfire and found something they can use. The owners of Spytech, a firm that supplies pocketbook-size recorders, came up with a new ad campaign: "Sexually harassed? Prove it. Stop it. Sue." Jesse Jackson, the sloganeer of American politics, is now talking about "economic harassment." And law schools such as the University of Miami's are preparing courses on sexual harassment.

But mostly what was discovered in the wreckage of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings was the charred skeletons of some American myths. When the 52-to-48 vote was over Tuesday...

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