A group of #MeToo leaders sent a letter to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford on Wednesday, thanking her for her bravery during the Kavanaugh hearings and noting that she was an inspiration to them.
The letter was signed by Tarana Burke, the Bronx-based activist who founded the “Me Too” movement, photographer Amanda de Cadenet, activist Glennon Doyle, and actresses Tracee Ellis Ross, and America Ferrera.
The women told Dr. Ford that they watched together and “witnessed you show up for duty not as a superhero but as a fully human woman.” They added, “When you stood there in front of us, Dr. Ford, we found a heroism we could not only believe in, we could become.”
They told Ford, “you showed a world of discounted people what courage looks like … you reminded us that we are neither powerless nor alone because we have truth — and we have each other.”
The letter closed with this powerful set of verses:
We will be forever grateful to you, Dr. Ford.
You will see our gratitude in our straightened spines.
You will see it when we march, when we walk out, when we show up.
You will see it in the voting lines that go on forever.
You will see it when you read our names on ballots.
You will hear it in our reawakened voices.
You will feel it in our strengthened siblinghood.
Unfortunately, Ford hasn’t been able to return to life as normal. Her lawyer has said that the death threats against her are so bad that Ford is still not living at home. But women have come forward en masse to tell Ford that her sacrifice wasn’t in vain. She was recently nominated for a “distinguished alumna” award at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina.