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Publication Date

Winter 12-10-2020

Course Name

Gender Inequity in the Entertainment Industry


Dr. Jeanne Buckley


First Year Seminar, Arcadia University Undergraduate Curriculum


This essay focuses on the life, challenges, and impact of psychology professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Dr. Ford’s name first appeared in the media after a leak that exposed the presence of a letter sent to Senator Feinstein informing her that Judge Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in the summer of 1982. Dr. Ford was motivated to send this letter when she learned that Kavanaugh’s name was listed on the president’s shortlist for the Supreme Court Judge to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat after his retirement in July of 2018. When Dr. Ford finally decided to tell her story to the public, her whole world changed. She testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27th in 2018, hoping that the allegation would allow for those considering Judge Kavanaugh for the seat in SCOTUS to reevaluate him as a person and a judge, especially during the emergence of the Me Too Movement. Kavanaugh aggressively denied the allegations, stating that he has never done such a thing to Dr. Ford or anyone. Dr. Ford’s bravery would eventually open the door for others who had similar experiences with Kavanaugh to come forward, as well as women around the world who had been withholding their own experiences of sexual assault and abuse. Although Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on October 6th, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s courage and honesty will be remembered for years to come.