The most widespread and lasting impact of the  Senate Judiciary hearings was not the Year of the Woman -- and perhaps not even the ascension to the Supreme Court of a very right-wing and young Clarence Thomas, likely to be there for a long time; it was the new national understanding of sexualized intimidation as a means of keeping females in a subordinate place. The whole country learned that sexual harassment was illegal. Millions of women learned they were not alone in their experience of it. The use of sex to humiliate and dominate would never seem normal again.
-- Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road, p. 156