Expand your understanding of three historic women in this inspiring panel with Ruth P. Watson, Virginia Pye, and Stephanie Dray.

Watson’s A Right Worthy Woman explores Virginia’s Black Wall Street through the eyes of the indomitable and formerly enslaved Virginian Maggie Lena Walker, who became the first Black woman to preside over a bank in the US. Set in Gilded Age Boston, The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann tells the story of a fictional author of romance and adventure novels who becomes a champion of women’s rights as she takes on the literary establishment and finds her true voice, both on and off the page. Stephanie Dray’s Becoming Madam Secretary is a captivating historical account of the longest serving secretary of labor, Francis Perkins, who served through all four terms of FDR’s presidency.

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  • This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
  • Events run one hour. Book sales and signings take place immediately after each event, and may run a half-hour or more.
  • For Covid protocol, please see our Festival Info page. For accessibility needs, contact Ray Nedzel by March 1.
  • All Festival authors and speakers represent themselves, and do not speak on behalf of Virginia Humanities or the University of Virginia.

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