Visionary Women: How They Changed Our World
The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library
This is the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.
With a keen eye for historical detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history. While they hailed from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters found their voices in the early sixties. At a time of enormous upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950s corporate culture and its war on nature. Consummate outsiders, each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture.
Andrea Barnet is the author of “All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-193”0. The book was a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary awards. She was a regular contributor to the “New York Times Book Review” for twenty-five years, and her journalism has appeared in “Smithsonian Magazine”, “the New York Times”, “Self”,” Harper's Bazaar”, and ”Elle”, among other outlets. She splits her time between the Hudson Valley and New York City.