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The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of WW2 at the Boston Athenaeum

November 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The Boston Athenaeum welcomes the author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War Two.

Journalist, political commentator, and New York Times bestselling author LIZA MUNDY reveals in her new book the riveting story of courage, service, and accomplishment of a group of remarkable young women who were recruited to work as cryptographers during World War II–a story nearly erased from history due to a strict vow of silence.

Registration for this event is not required. Members free and Visitors free with admission.

This event is part of “The Culture of American Womanhood,” a four-part series investigating multiple facets of the experience of womanhood in our own time and probing questions of women’s roles in contemporary American society and culture. Join us for the other events in the series:

The Culture of American Womanhood Series: Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America
Book talk with New York Times bestselling author Liza Mundy
6-7 pm on October 18, 2017

About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America
Book talk with Columbia University Professor of Law Carol Sanger
6-7 pm on November 2, 2017

Naked Among the Karma Eaters: The Body Politics of Women’s Lands
Lecture with Harvard University lecturer and cultural anthropologist Keridwen N. Luis
12-1 pm on December 5, 2017


November 7, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Boston Athenæum
10 ½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA United States
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Did You Know?

Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.