Believe Women For The New York Times Following the tense and contentious confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, leaders in the U.S. Senate reluctantly added a new hearing: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the first of several women to level accusations of sexual assault at the nominee, would testify in the Senate. It seemed like a watershed; it was suggested that despite the fact that the Senate committee is run largely by older white men, #MeToo and #TimesUp were breaking through in these staid and sedentary halls. On the day of the hearing hundreds of women, many of them survivors of assault, flooded the Capitol grounds during Dr. Ford's testimony in a show of support. These are a few faces from that crowd gathered in a community of shared experiences. Their message–shouted in unison, printed on t-shirts and pins, written on their palms, and worn in the expressions on their faces–was simple: believe women. Though the nominee was confirmed, and the hope of greater change in the Senate dampened for the moment, the message carried forward to a historic midterm election. The fallout from the Kavanaugh confirmation will continue, as the voices raised in a refrain tinged with both anger and hope still resonates. Valerie Simutis, of Chicago, Ill., shows the messages written on her palms as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on September 27, 2018.