Elaine Weiss, author of ‘The Woman’s Hour,’ to speak at Western Feb. 27

Elaine Weiss, author of highly acclaimed narrative nonfiction book “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight for the Vote” will speak from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Performing Arts Center main stage.

portrait of Elaine WeissThis event is free and open to the public.

“The Woman’s Hour” not only recounts how women won the right to vote 100 years ago, but also shows how the core themes of American history — race, class, money, gender, state’s rights, power, and democracy all came into play in Nashville, Tennessee during the summer of 1920.

Published in 2018, the book will be developed into a television production directed by Steven Spielberg, with Hilary Clinton as executive producer.

Weiss is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor’s Choice honoree, she also wrote “Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army in the Great War,” the story of a long-forgotten women’s movement.

A reception with Weiss will follow her presentation.

Parking spots are being reserved for this event in lots 6V, 7G, 11G, and 9G.

This event is sponsored by the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education, the League of Women Voters Bellingham/Whatcom County, and Village Books, with support from the Washington State Historical Society, Washington State Women’s Commissions Votes for Women Centennial Grant, and the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund.

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