The Lure of Women’s History

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, join Falls Church author Sara Fitzgerald at 7 p.m. on Wednesday March 23 as she explores what drew her to the stories of some little-known—but important--women in the three books she has published over the past decade.

Fitzgerald’s latest book, Conquering Heroines: How Women Fought Sex Bias at Michigan and Paved the Way for Title IX, highlights the women who filed sex discrimination complaints against American universities in the years right before the passage of Title IX.  Fitzgerald covered the complaint filed against her alma mater, the University of Michigan, when she was a student journalist.

After a journalism career that included 15 years at The Washington Post, Fitzgerald found herself drawn back to women’s history. Her 2011 biography, Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates, was recognized as a Notable Book of 2012 by the Library of Michigan and by the Historical Society of Michigan. More recently, Fitzgerald researched the life of Emily Hale, the longtime secret love of the poet T. S. Eliot, for her novel The Poet’s Girl. Fitzgerald is now writing a traditional biography of Hale, and is an active member of Biographers International Organization.

No registration required. All are welcome!