Preserving and recognizing the contributions of women to their families and communities in northwest lower Michigan

Women’s History Project Book Discussion Group 

Friday, July 27th, from 11:30 – 1pm

Traverse Area District Library – Thirlby Room

 to discuss The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe.

Most recognize her name as the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, but this biography by Elaine Showalter shows she was much more than that. Born in 1819 to a wealthy family, she married a man who did not support women working outside the home. Despite this, and while raising six children, she showed her independence by publishing poetry, and becoming a strong abolitionist. After the Civil War, she began to seriously champion women suffrage, even when in her words “to do so was a thankless office, inviting public ridicule and private avoidance.”

We’re looking forward to an interesting discussion. Bring sack lunch if you choose.