Beacon Press
Independent Publishing Since 1854
25 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108 · Tel: 617.742.2110 · Fax: 617.723.3097
Cart is empty  View Cart View Shopping Cart

Book Search

Reimagining Equality - Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home
Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home
Author: Anita Hill
Product Code: 1437 ISBN: 978-080701437-0
Binding Information: Cloth 
6 X 9 Inches (US)
Copyright Date Ed: 
Trade Code: 
Price: $25.95 In stock.

Also available from: Independent Bookstore | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell's

From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago, Anita Hill's first book since the best-selling Speaking Truth to Power.

In 1991, Anita Hill's courageous testimony during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings sparked a national conversation on sexual harassment and women's equality in politics and the workplace. Today, she turns her attention to another potent and enduring symbol of economic success and equality-the home. Hill details how the current housing crisis, resulting in the devastation of so many families, so many communities, and even whole cities, imperils every American's ability to achieve the American Dream.

Hill takes us on a journey that begins with her own family story and ends with the subprime mortgage meltdown. Along the way, she invites us into homes across America, rural and urban, and introduces us to some extraordinary African American women. As slavery ended, Mollie Elliott, Hill's ancestor, found herself with an infant son and no husband. Yet, she bravely set course to define for generations to come what it meant to be a free person of color. On the eve of the civil rights and women's rights movements, Lorraine Hansberry's childhood experience of her family's fight against racial restrictions in a Chicago neighborhood ended tragically for the Hansberry family. Yet, that episode shaped Lorraine's hopeful account of early suburban integration in her iconic American drama A Raisin in the Sun. Two decades later, Marla, a divorced mother, endeavors to keep her children safe from a growing gang presence in 1980s Los Angeles. Her story sheds light on the fears and anxiety countless parents faced during an era of growing neighborhood isolation, and that continue today. In the midst of the 2008 recession, hairdresser Anjanette Booker's dogged determination to keep her Baltimore home and her salon reflects a commitment to her own independence and to her community's economic and social viability. Finally, Hill shares her own journey to a place and a state of being at home that brought her from her roots in rural Oklahoma to suburban Boston, Massachusetts, and connects her own search for home with that of women and men set adrift during the foreclosure crisis.

The ability to secure a place that provides access to every opportunity our country has to offer is central to the American Dream. To achieve that ideal, Hill argues, we and our leaders must engage in a new conversation about what it takes to be at home in America. Pointing out that the inclusive democracy our Constitution promises is bigger than the current debate about legal rights, she presents concrete proposals that encourage us to reimagine equality. Hill offers a twenty-first-century vision of America-not a vision of migration, but one of roots; not one simply of tolerance, but one of belonging; not just of rights, but also of community-a community of equals.

In the Media

Click here to read an author interview with Hill on The

Click here to watch an interview with Melissa Harris Perry on MSNBC.

Click here to read an opinion piece by Hill for TIME Magazine.

Click here to read an interview with Hill in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Click here to listen to an interview with Hill on Radio Times/WHYY.

Click here to read an article in the Chicago Sun Times on Professor Hill's recent visit to Chicago's Jane Addams Day event.

Click here to listen to a Vanity Fair podcast featuring Anita Hill reading from Reimagining Equality.

Click here to read an interview with Anita Hill in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Click here to read a conversation between Anita Hill and Sybil Wilkes, co-host of Tom Joyner's Show.

Click here to view photos and read a write-up on the recent "We Believe Anita Hill" celebration and book signing.

Click here to read an essay featuring Anita Hill's work on

Click here to listen to a recent interview with Anita Hill on Southern California's Public Radio's Air Talk with Larry Mantle, which aired on October 27th, 2011.

Click here to listen to a recent interview with Anita Hill on The Tavis Smiley Show, which aired on October 26th, 2011.

Click here to read an essay by Anita Hill posted on

Click here to listen to an interview with Anita Hill on WNYC's Lenny Lopate Show.

Click here to read a feature on Anita Hill in The Detroit Free Press.

Click here to watch Book TV's recording of Anita Hill's October 4th Cambridge Forum Event.

Click here to read a feature on Anita Hill in The Washington Post.

Click here to listen to an interview with Anita Hill on Iowa Public Radio.

Click here to read an interview by Adam Goldman with Anita Hill in The New York Times Magazine.

Click here to read an article featuring Anita Hill in Bloomberg View.

Click here to read a cover story featuring Anita Hill in The Nation.

Click here to listen to an interview with Anita Hill on NPR.

Click here to watch an interview with Anita Hill on PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill.

Click here to watch an interview with Anita Hill on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

Click here to watch an interview with Anita Hill on PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill.

Click here to Anita Hill featured in the "Feministing Five" series on

Click here to read an article featuring Anita Hill in Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

Click here to read a preview of a Q&A with Hill to be printed in Ebony.

Click here to read an article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education featuring Anita Hill's recent visit to Barnard College.

Click here to read an article in the Shoreline Times featuring Anita Hill's recent visit to Yale University.

Review   Kirkus Reviews - September 1, 2011
“Thoughtful and disturbing examination of slippery ideas, rendered in powerful prose.”
Review   Publisher's Weekly - August 1, 2011
“Her book, lucid about law, lively with smatterings of history and reminders of cultural markers, may open that conversation.”
Review By: Robert Reich,    - August 15, 2011
“With extraordinary grace and clarity, Anita Hill weaves the story of her family with that of other American families struggling to find and define homes for themselves. What emerges is a powerful story of our nation’s ongoing quest for equality of opportunity, viewed through the eyes of the people who have been deeply engaged in that quest. Beautifully written, elegantly seen, compellingly argued.”
Review   Library Journal - October 1, 2011
"Serious readers of all kinds, especially those interested in current affairs and social policy, will appreciate a book that is both highly readable and deeply analytical.”
Review   New York Times Book Review - January 1, 2012
“This ambitious book provides just as dignified and well intentioned a performance as the one she gave at those hearings.”
Review   Choice - March 1, 2012
"Hill superbly articulates the nuanced spaces inside the home where gender inequities might be present, and outside the home where gender and race disparities create barriers to housing stability. She concludes with a call to US leaders and citizenry to proactively engage as partners for a more just society. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries."

"Anita Hill has written a compelling book about the plight of women historically and now. This book is a must-read for anyone who is committed to gender equality, and will be invaluable to those who are trying to understand many of the burdens that women, black and white face, in their everyday lives. They remind us that we still have to come to grips with issues of race and gender, and that we need to reimagine the question of equality for all." -Charles J. Ogletree Jr., author of The Presumption of Guilt

"In a book that is rigorous and heartfelt, sharply analytical and deeply moving, Anita Hill examines the idea of what 'home' means to Americans. Bringing to bear her formidable skills as a scholar of American law, history, and culture, Hill has produced a personal narrative that reaches across color and class to explore how our family homes and our national home are inextricably linked to how we understand achievement, opportunity, and equality."-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author of Colored People

"Combining the sincerity of memoir and the rigor of sociology, Anita Hill looks at home as a physical space, but also as a microcosm of American society. The women profiled in this engaging and moving book illustrate the challenges of living in America as a raced and gendered person while simultaneously demonstrating the beauty of resistance and the triumphs of family, community, and faith. Hill connects the dots between the home-making efforts of African Americans just after Reconstruction and the heartbreaking (and enraging) consequences of the subprime mortgage scandal. After reading this book, you will never see a house as just four walls and a roof. It is a dream and we, as Americans, are the dreamers." -Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

"Anita Hill's bravery, intellect and commitment to justice galvanized a generation of women. If that weren't enough, it turns out she's also a wonderful storyteller. ReImagining Equality will change your ideas about home, race and gender-and it's also great fun to read."-Peggy Orenstein, author, Cinderella Ate My Daughter
"In the first sweeping history of Parks's life, Theoharis shows us a long-time activist committed to fighting white supremacy from her earliest days. From underground investigations of white-on-black rapes in rural Alabama, where no law respected or protected black people, to her work alongside Robert Williams, Malcolm X, and Queen Mother Moore, Rosa Parks not only sat down on the bus; she stood on the right side of justice for her entire life."-Julian Bond, chairman emeritus, NAACP

Also Available As:
Binding Information: Paperback Not Defined
ISBN: 978-080701443-1
Availability: In stock.
Price: $16.00
Related Products:

ISBN: 978-080701143-0
Availability: In stock.
Price: $26.95
Author: Cornel West

ISBN: 978-080700972-7
Availability: In stock.
Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-080705031-6
Availability: In stock.
Price: $25.00
Beacon pressBeacon Press is a department of the Unitarian Universalist Association