Civil rights of any kind are always won the hard way with painful losses that always seem more visible and more numerous than the wins. But progress is not won from the top down:
A woman traumatized by sexual assault, who carefully rebuilt her life with strength, bravery, and intelligence, relives her trauma before millions for love of the country and her sense of civic duty. And a power structure—that doesn’t necessarily disbelieve the woman but instead, far worse, just doesn’t care—rushes to elevate one of their own to the highest court. The striking contrast between the two witnesses in credibility and temperament, and the obvious need for a thorough investigation, are ignored in a desperate sprint to end the proceedings. This was Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s fear before going into the process—that she would suffer all the pain and not change the result.