Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics brings to life the brave and often surprising exploits of 16 fascinating women from around the world who served their countries at a time when most of them didn’t even have the right to vote. Meet 17-year-old Frenchwoman Emilienne Moreau, who assisted the Allies as a guide and set up a first-aid post in her home to attend to the wounded; Russian peasant Maria Bochkareva, who joined the Imperial Russian Army by securing the personal permission of Tsar Nicholas II, was twice wounded in battle and decorated for bravery, and created and led the all-women combat unit the “Women’s Battalion of Death” on the eastern front; and American journalist Madeleine Zabriskie Doty, who risked her life to travel twice to Germany during the war in order to report back the truth, whatever the cost. These and other suspense-filled stories of brave girls and women are told through the use of engaging narrative, dialogue, direct quotes, and document and diary excerpts to lend authenticity and immediacy.
Kathryn J. Atwood is the author of three young adult collective biographies of women and war as well as the editor of Code Name Pauline, the memoirs of WWII SOE agent Pearl Witherington. She has contributed to The Historian and War, Literature, and the Arts, and has been featured on America: Facts vs. Fiction and BBC America.
Arrive at 7:00PM to explore the temporary exhibition Anne Morgan’s War and enjoy a French wine and cheese reception. Anne Morgan’s War is presented at the Atlanta History Center by The John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation and nationally by The Florence Gould Foundation.
Admission for all lectures is $10 for public, $5 for members, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. For more information, please visit atlantahistorycenter.com or call 404.814.4150.