Women in history that you may never have heard of but should!
March 11, 2024 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Be a part of a 3 author virtual panel in commemoration of Women’s History Month featuring Allison Gilbert, Christopher Gorham and Linda Kass as part of the Cleveland Jewish Book Festival!
1) Listen, World! How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became American’s Most-Read Woman is about the most-read woman in America and the highest-paid woman writer in the William Randolph Hearst media empire. Elsie Robinson launched her nationally syndicated Listen, World! column nearly 100 years ago. For more than thirty years, Elsie shared her points of view with over twenty million readers – blasting gender inequality, racism, antisemitism – and invited readers to ‘talk back’ by printing their fiery letters in her pages.
2)The Confidante: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Helped Win WW 2 and shape Modern America: The first-ever biography of Anna Marie Rosenberg, a Jewish immigrant with only a high school education who went on to be dubbed by Life Magazine ‘the most important woman in the American government.’ Her life ran parallel to the front lines of history yet her influence on 20th century America, from the New Deal to the Cold War and beyond, has never before been told.
3) Bessie: A Novel: Just days after the close of World War II, Bess Myerson, the college-educated daughter of poor Russian Jewish immigrants living in the Bronx, is competing in the Miss America pageant. At stake: a $5,000 scholarship. Drawing on biographical and historical sources, Bessie reimagines the early life of Bess Myerson, who, in the bigoted milieu of 1945, remarkably rises to become Miss America and one of the most famous women in America.
This event is part of the Cleveland Jewish Book Festival and was funded in part by an Ohio Humanities Ignite Grant.