Many viewers have uploaded photos of groups of people gathering around television screens on in offices, classrooms, and public spaces to hear Ford tell her story.
Here are a few of those amazing images:
Kavanaugh is up for a vacant seat in the U.S. Supreme Court. The judge appeared to have before the committee, with a vote in his favor likely, but news of Ford's allegations sent the nomination process into chaos.
His future with the Supreme Court depends on whether or not Republican senators will decline to vote for him in light of the allegations against him.
Additional reporting by Marcus Gilmer