Lynn Yeakel Isn’t Angry Anymore

Back in 1992, there was no senator that Democrats-particularly female Democrats-were more eager to beat than Arlen Specter, who the previous fall had listened to Anita Hill’s claims of sexual harassment and responded by accusing Hill of “flat-out perjury.”
And they almost did beat him-with a candidate named Lynn Yeakel, a previously unknown fund-raiser for women’s charities who was inspired to run after watching Specter browbeat Hill during her testimony in Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
The Yeakel-Specter campaign was a brutal, bitter affair, one that made Yeakel a folk hero to millions of women who saw themselves in her, the political novice who’d finally had enough of the “boys club” in Washington and who took it upon herself to do something about it.