Another big difference, however, will be a sea change in how sexual harassment and sexual assault are seen by many Americans.
In the past year, the #MeToo movement has accelerated that change.
Ignited by revelations of movie producer Harvey Weinstein's alleged serial assault of women, #MeToo has encouraged women to come forward with stories and accusations of rape, harassment and other forms of mistreatment by men. In turn, several high-profile men were forced out of powerful jobs due to their alleged conduct.
Hill, in her Times op-ed, wrote, "Today, the public expects better from our government than we got in 1991, when our representatives performed in ways that gave employers permission to mishandle workplace harassment complaints throughout the following decades."
A friend and neighbor of Blasey Ford told The Mercury News of San Jose, California, on Monday that she had told her of the alleged assault by Kavanaugh, without naming him, as the #MeToo movement gained additional momentum.
"I can't really think of anyone better" to answer questions from the committee, Rebecca White told The Mercury News. "She's one of those people who teems with honesty and truth."
At around the time that Blasey Ford had told White about the alleged incident with Kavanaugh, a senator, Al Franken of Minnesota, was being accused of groping and kissing women without their permission. Franken, a Democrat, eventually resigned in January.
A number of observers have pointed out that Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who both called for Franken's resignation in light of the allegations again him, still have not said whether they will confirm Kavanaugh in the face of even more serious claims against him. Murkowski on Tuesday refused to say whether Blasey Ford's allegations, if true, would disqualify Kavanaugh.
Collins and Murkowski, like several of their colleagues, have called for slowing down Kavanaugh's confirmation process in order to hear testimony from both the judge and his accuser.