Smart Women Got it Done: Code Girls

Thu. March 22, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: CFA Institute and Women United in Philanthropy

Hosted by: Charlottesville Women in Tech

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Author Liza Mundy (Code Girls) and WWII cryptographer Dorothy Braden Bruce share the story of thousands of American women recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy to serve as codebreakers, facing sexism and misogyny while keeping their involvement secret.

Why should you attend?

“Irresistible…. We owe Mundy gratitude for rescuing these hidden figures from obscurity. Even more valuable is her challenge to the myth of the eccentric, inspired, solitary male genius, like Alan Turing.” ―Elaine Showalter, Washington Post

Code Girls is an extraordinary book by an extraordinary author. Liza Mundy’s portraits of World War II codebreakers are so skillfully and vividly drawn that I felt as if I were right there with them–mastering ciphers, outwitting the Japanese army, sinking ships, breaking hearts, and even accidentally insulting Eleanor Roosevelt. I am an evangelist for this book: You must read it.”―Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy

“Mundy is a fine storyteller…. A sleek, compelling narrative…. The book is a winner. Her descriptions of codes and ciphers, how they worked and how they were broken, are remarkably clear and accessible. A well-researched, compellingly written, crucial addition to the literature of American involvement in World War II.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

As an advocate for diversity in investment management, CFA Institute is proud to sponsor this program as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book’s initiative on diversity.