Anita Hill, Bon Woodward honored at annual PEN American gala


NEW YORK (AP) – Anita Hill, Bob Woodward and three Saudi Arabian dissidents were among those honored at the annual gala hosted by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization.

Hill, best known for testifying in 1991 that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her, was celebrated Tuesday night as an inspiration for the #MeToo movement. Woodward was praised for his Watergate reporting and long history of investigative journalism. PEN gave its Freedom to Write Award to the activists Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain al-Hathloul and Eman al-Nafjan, all whom are currently facing trial in Saudi Arabia for their advocacy of women’s rights.

The gala was held at the American Museum of Natural History, with John Oliver serving as host. Presenters included Lupita Nyong’o, who introduced Hill, and historian Robert Caro, who preceded Woodward.

PEN courage award recipient Anita Hill, left, and PEN literary service award recipient Bob Woodward pose together at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)